Titans coach calls arrest ‘devastating’ and knows it’s caused by pain

Nashville, Tennessee (AP) — Tennessee Offensive coordinator Todd Downing said Wednesday that he couldn’t think of anything he faced in his career that was “much tougher” than what he is facing now, and that the problem was all with his own actions. Told.

Downing has been busy preparing for Sunday’s game (6-4) against Cincinnati in a rematch of the divisional playoff game the Titans lost in January as the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Arrested on Nov. 18 for speeding and DUI Hours after the big win in Green Bay.

“My actions, or anything I am involved with, has brought negative attention or disrespect to this organization, the owner of Miss Amy (Adams Strunk), the Front Office, and obviously Coach (Mike) Vrabel. The potential for scattering is devastating,” said Downing.

The coordinator met with reporters on a regular weekly basis and first began talking about the arrest for nearly three minutes, but avoided details about the incident that got him out of Williamson County Jail on a $2,500 bond. I was.

“I understand that this is a delicate and troubling issue,” Downing said.

He also apologized to his wife and son for making them “do things they don’t deserve.”

Downing said he knew there were many questions and people wanted answers as to why the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested him hours after the incident. The Titans beat the Packers 27-17 in Green Bay. The NFL does not permit alcohol on team flights, buses, or team facilities.

“Unfortunately, due to the circumstances, I am unable to speak much about that (event). I will answer any questions I can when the time is right,” Downing said. .

Downing has been the subject of intense criticism over his two seasons. Notably this year, with the Titans coming into his game last in the NFL against Green Bay, he managed just 281.7 yards per game.

The Titans (7-3) had their best offensive performance of the season, winning their seventh out of eight games. The team may punish the coordinator before the charges are legally resolved or before the NFL determines discipline.

Vrabel said Tuesday the Titans are waiting for “everything to go well”. This includes both potential discipline and legal proceedings from the NFL.

Downing said he knew the Titans made the ride available to anyone in the organization. He refused to answer, “No.”

The coordinator also refused to answer if he drank on the team’s plane returning from Wisconsin or at the team’s facility. Reportedly, Downing told police his family had received death threats. Asked if he had reported these threats to authorities, he said that was not up for debate at this time.

“I understand there are a lot of questions. I wish I could have explained everything, but right now I cannot comment on the events of that night,” Downing said.

Note: C Ben Jones, who remains on concussion protocol, was restricted after missing last week’s game. His OLB Bud Dupree, who has missed the previous two games and a hip injury overall he has missed three games, has missed the last two games S Amani He has practiced well with his hooker (left shoulder). QB Ryan Tannehill (right ankle) has practiced enough.


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