Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested early Friday morning for driving under the influence, the Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed to NFL.com.
Downing was jailed in Williamson County, Tennessee, and later posted bail.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Downing was spotted driving a vehicle at high speeds on I-65 around 2:30 a.m. local time. A THP soldier was conducting a traffic stop with Downing and noticed signs of disturbance and the smell of intoxicants coming from inside his vehicle. Downing was then placed under arrest.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Todd Downing and are in the process of gathering additional information,” the Titans said in a statement.
Titans manager Mike Vrabel told reporters on Friday that he has been in contact with Downing, owner Amy Adams Strunk and general manager Jon Robinson and that the organization is taking the matter “very seriously”.
“We all have a great responsibility as members of this community, as coaches and players of this organization, as fathers, husbands and teammates, to make big decisions,” Vrabel said, “and we understand that.”
The NFL said it has been in touch with the Titans and will look into the matter.
“All league and club staff, including coaches, are subject to potential disciplinary action if it is determined that an infringement has been committed,” the league said in a statement.
Vrabel declined to comment on whether the team is considering its own discipline, saying it will abide by whatever the league decides.
The Titans assistant’s arrest came hours after Tennessee defeated the Packers 27-17 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Downing, 42, has been with the organization since 2019. He was promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator in 2021.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday sent a memo to all clubs threatening “substantial discipline” for violating the league’s longstanding policy of banning alcohol at team facilities and when traveling on team planes and buses, reports NFL network insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, according to sources.
“In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that league policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in the locker rooms, training or office facilities or while traveling on team buses or aircraft at any time during the pre-season, regular season or post-season . This applies to all players, coaches, club staff and guests traveling with your team,” the memo said.
“This policy has been in place for many years. The provision of alcohol at club facilities or while traveling poses significant and unnecessary risks to the league, its players, coaches and others. Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.
“Each club should ensure that its travel arrangements do not include alcohol service at any time and should also take appropriate steps to confirm that alcohol (whether beer or any other alcoholic beverage) is not available at its facility. Please direct any further questions to this is subject to the Management Council or Football Operations.”