Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested Thursday night just hours after the Titans’ victory over Green Bay for drunk driving.
Downing was arrested early Friday morning by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Williamson County. He was ticketed for drunk driving and speeding, and was placed in the Williamson County Jail around 4:30 a.m. Downing was released around 7 a.m.
According to the arrest report, the arresting officer pulled over Downing after his vehicle was traveling at high speed and Downing’s vehicle reportedly smelled of intoxicants.
According to Flight Aware, the Titans team plane left Green Bay just after midnight local time and landed in Nashville at 2:07 a.m. According to WSMV, Downing was pulled over around 2:30 a.m
Downing, 42, is in his second season as the Titans’ offensive coordinator after two seasons as the team’s coach. He took over as offensive coordinator after Arthur Smith became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Downing has been in the NFL since 2005 and has worked for seven teams, including the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions. He was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 2017 after serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach for two seasons.
The Titans defeated the Packers 27-17 on Thursday night to go to 7-3, dropping the Packers to 4-7. Ryan Tannehill passed for 333 yards in the win, and Derrick Henry threw a TD pass at the goal line in the second quarter for the Titans.
NFL Reminds Teams of Alcohol Policy
Later Friday afternoon, the NFL sent a memo to teams reminding them of its longstanding policy of banning alcohol from team facilities, buses and planes and threatening “considerable discipline” for any violations.
The memo did not specifically name Downing.
“In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that league policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in dressing rooms, practice or office facilities, or while traveling on team buses or aircraft at any time during the pre-season, regular season or the post-season.” the memo said in part. “This applies to all players, coaches, club staff and guests traveling with your team.
“This policy has been in effect for many years… Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.”
The warning was not just about Downing’s arrest. According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Washington Commanders chastised several players after they were seen on social media intoxicated during the team’s flight home from Monday’s victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The NFL said in a statement that the league was “satisfied with the club’s discipline” and no further punishment was imminent.
The league is still investigating the Titans.