Titans coach calls arrest ‘devastating’, knows pain

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee offensive coordinator Todd Downing said Wednesday he can’t think of anything in his career more “tough” than the one he’s faced right now, and the issue is his own. is of use.

Downing is busy preparing for Sunday’s game with Cincinnati (6-4) in a rematch of the divisional playoff game the Titans lost in January as the AFC’s No. 1 seed, while the results of the Nov. 18 arrest Was waiting to deal with. Speeding and driving under the influence hours after a big win in Green Bay.

“It is devastating that my actions or anything I am involved in could ever bring negative attention or distract attention to the ownership of this organization Miss Amy (Adams Strunk) and the front office and obviously coach (Mike) Vrubel is,” Downing said.

The coordinator addressed reporters at his usual weekly availability and began speaking for about three minutes about his arrest, though he refrained from talking specifically about the incident where he was released on $2,500 bond to the Williamson County Jail. but had left.

Downing said, “I understand how sensitive and troubling this topic is, and I am not naïve about how much pain it can cause for some people involved in similar circumstances.”

He apologized to his wife and son for “putting them through things they didn’t deserve.”

Downing said he knows there are a lot of questions and people want answers about why he was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol hours after the Titans beat the Packers 27-17 in Green Bay. The NFL does not allow alcohol on team flights, buses or at team facilities.

Downing said, “Unfortunately, due to the situation, I am not able to discuss that (the incident) more fully and at the appropriate time, I will answer any questions.”

Downing has been a target for heavy criticism in his two seasons, especially as the Titans only managed 281.7 yards per game in the NFL this year in Green Bay games.

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

Vrabel said Tuesday that the Titans are waiting “for everything to play out.” This includes both potential discipline from the NFL and the legal process.

Downing said he was aware of the Titans providing a ride for someone in the organization. The coordinator declined to answer why he didn’t take advantage of that opportunity, saying “I can’t go into the specifics of that night.”

The coordinator also declined to answer whether he had consumed alcohol on the team plane returning from Wisconsin or at a team facility. One report noted that Downing told soldiers that his family had received death threats. Asked whether he had told the authorities about those threats, he said he could not discuss it now.

Downing said, “I understand there are a lot of questions, and I wish I could clear everything up, but I’m not able to comment on the events of that night right now.”

NOTES: C Ben Jones, who remains in concussion protocol, was limited after missing last week’s game. OLB Bud Dupree, who missed the previous game and three overall with a hip injury, returned to full practice along with S Amani Hooker (left shoulder), who missed the previous two games. QB Ryan Tannehill (right ankle) completed all exercises.


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