Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing talks to quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) and head coach Mike Vrabel during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Orchard Park, New York.

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Mike Vrabel: Titans OC Todd Downing stays, unless NFL intervenes

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel plans to keep the Tennessee coaching staff intact, rejecting the notion offensive coordinator Todd Downing should be demoted or fired after a DUI arrest last week.

“We’ll continue forward with how things work with Todd as our offensive coordinator,” Vrabel said Tuesday. “Now, those things could change. At any point in time when we hear from the league, you know, the legal process — those things can obviously change.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to clubs with the threat of “significant discipline” for violating a policy prohibiting alcohol at team facilities and while traveling on team planes and buses.

Downing was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding at 4 a.m. on Friday, hours after Tennessee defeated the Green Bay Packers.

The Titans returned to Nashville after midnight following the win in Wisconsin.

Williamson County Sheriff’s records show Downing’s bond was set at $2,500 for charges of DUI and speeding implemented by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was processed at 4:39 a.m. and released at 6:46 a.m., according to the county’s jail records.

The 42-year-old Downing called plays in the Titans’ most productive performance of the season at Lambeau Field with 408 total yards in a 27-17 win that included a touchdown pass from running back Derrick Henry.

The Titans opened the season 0-2, with a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants at home and then a lopsided 41-7 defeat at Buffalo.

Fans called for Downing to be replaced but Vrabel said the Titans would stay the course.

“We’re just not gonna do that,” Vrabel said in September. “That’s not something that’s going to happen right now. I’ve had confidence in our staff and confidence in the guys that we put out there … I appreciate everybody’s opinion.”

Since the rocky start, the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3) have won seven of their last eight games.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks with Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans OC Todd Downing charged with DUI, speeding after win

Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding at 4 a.m. on Friday, hours after Tennessee defeated the Green Bay Packers.

The Titans returned to Nashville after midnight following the win in Wisconsin.

Williamson County Sheriff’s records show Downing’s bond was set at $2,500 for charges of DUI and speeding implemented by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was processed at 4:39 a.m. and released at 6:46 a.m., according to the county’s jail records.

The 42-year-old Downing called plays in the Titans’ most productive performance of the season at Lambeau Field with 408 total yards in a 27-17 win that included a touchdown pass from running back Derrick Henry.

The Titans opened the season 0-2, with a 21-20 loss to the New York Giants at home and then a lopsided 41-7 defeat at Buffalo.

Fans called for Downing to be replaced but head coach Mike Vrabel said the Titans would stay the course.

“We’re just not gonna do that,” Vrabel said in September. “That’s not something that’s going to happen right now. I’ve had confidence in our staff and confidence in the guys that we put out there … I appreciate everybody’s opinion.”

Since the rocky start, the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3) have won seven of their last eight games.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel calls out to his team in the first quarter game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Vrabel: No changes to Titans coaching staff

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was plenty incensed after Monday night’s 41-7 thrashing at the hands of the Buffalo Bills, but not enough to start firing assistant coaches.

The Titans are 0-2 after the beatdown in Buffalo, during which they mustered just 187 yards of offense. The target of ire for Titans’ fans is offensive coordinator Todd Downing.

“If I felt like there was anybody that wasn’t doing their job … we’re just not going to do that (fire coaches), that’s not something that’s going to happen right now,” Vrabel said when asked specifically about Downing.

“I have confidence in our staff, I have confidence in the guys that we put out there. We have to continue to coach and execute better,” Vrabel added. “I appreciate everybody’s opinion. I have to make sure that everybody here, the players, the coaches, are all aligned and I know that they are and that’s how you get things fixed and win a game.”

He also said now’s not the time for “self-preservation.”

“None of it’s been good enough. When you lose, we all can do more,” Vrabel said. “Now’s not the time for self-preservation. This is the time for rallying around each other, getting with the people you believe in, people that you trust.”

The Titans suffered four turnovers against the Bills, including two interceptions thrown by starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw for just 117 yards. Derrick Henry rushed 13 times for 25 yards and the team’s only touchdown on its opening drive..

“We got our a—- kicked. Plain and simple,” Vrabel said Monday night postgame. “They outcoached us, they outplayed us, and that’s the definition of it. So, we’re gonna get back to work, and we’re going to figure out a way to win a football game.”

The Titans host the 0-2 Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3. Tennessee is 0-2 for the first time since 2012.

–Field Level Media