Titans coach calls arrest ‘devastating,’ knows pain caused

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offensive coordinator Todd Downing stated Wednesday he cannot consider something he is confronted in his profession “a lot harder” than what he is coping with proper now, and the problem is all of his personal doing.

Downing is busy attempting to organize for Sunday’s recreation with Cincinnati (6-4) in a rematch of the divisional playoff recreation the Titans misplaced in January because the AFC’s No. 1 seed whereas ready to take care of the implications of being arrested Nov. 18 for rushing and driving underneath the affect hours after an enormous win in Green Bay.

“It’s devastating that my actions or something that I’m concerned with may ever convey damaging consideration to or convey distractions to this group, to the possession Miss Amy (Adams Strunk) and to the entrance workplace and clearly coach (Mike) Vrabel,” Downing stated.

The coordinator addressed reporters at his standard weekly availability and began by talking for practically three minutes about his arrest, though he averted specifics concerning the incident the place he wound up leaving the Williamson County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

“I perceive what a delicate and troubling topic that is, and I’m not naive to how a lot pain there could also be for some folks concerned in comparable conditions,” Downing stated.

He additionally apologized to his spouse and son for placing them by means of “issues that they do not deserve.”

Downing stated he knows there are plenty of questions and folks need solutions for what led the Tennessee Highway Patrol to arrest him hours after the Titans beat the Packers 27-17 in Green Bay. The NFL doesn’t enable alcohol on workforce flights, buses or workforce amenities.

“Unfortunately, due to the scenario, I’m not capable of focus on fairly a little bit of that (occasion) and on the correct time and when acceptable, I’ll reply any questions that I can,” Downing stated.

Downing has been a goal for heavy criticism over his two seasons, particularly this yr with the Titans going into the Green Bay recreation final within the NFL managing solely 281.7 yards per recreation.

The Titans (7-3) turned of their greatest offensive efficiency this season in profitable for the seventh time in eight video games. The workforce may punish the coordinator earlier than the fees are resolved legally or the NFL decides on any self-discipline.

Vrabel stated Tuesday that the Titans are ready for “all the pieces to play out.” That contains each self-discipline probably from the NFL and the authorized course of.

Downing did say he was conscious of the Titans making rides obtainable for anybody within the group. The coordinator declined to reply why he did not reap the benefits of that chance, saying “I am unable to get into the specifics of that evening.”

The coordinator additionally refused to reply if he drank on the workforce aircraft coming back from Wisconsin or on the workforce facility. One report talked about Downing instructed troopers his household had obtained loss of life threats. Asked if he had reported these threats to the authorities, he stated it was one thing he couldn’t focus on now.

“I perceive there are plenty of questions, and I want that I have been capable of simply lay all the pieces out, however I’m not capable of touch upon the occasions that evening proper now,” Downing stated.

NOTES: C Ben Jones, who stays within the concussion protocol, was restricted after lacking final week’s recreation. OLB Bud Dupree, who missed the final recreation and three general with an injured hip, practiced totally together with S Amani Hooker (left shoulder) who has missed the previous two video games. QB Ryan Tannehill (proper ankle) practiced totally.


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