Titans assistant Todd Downing was arrested for DUI just hours after winning over the Packers

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was arrested for DUI just hours after the Titans’ victory over Green Bay on Thursday night.

Downing was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Williamson County early Friday morning. He was cited for driving under the influence and speeding, and was arrested at the Williamson County Jail around 4:30 am. Downing was released around 7am.

According to the arrest report, the officer who arrested Downing stopped Downing after his vehicle was traveling at high speed and Downing’s vehicle allegedly smelled of intoxicants.

Per Flight Aware, the Titans team plane left Green Bay shortly after midnight local time and landed in Nashville at 2:07 a.m. According to WSMV, Downing was stopped at around 2:30 a.m.

Downing, 42, is in his second season as the Titans’ offensive coordinator after two seasons as the team’s tight ends coach. He took over as offensive coordinator after Arthur Smith became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Downing has been in the NFL since 2005 and has worked for seven teams, including the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions. He was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 2017 after serving as the team’s quarterbacks coach for two seasons.

The Titans beat the Packers 27-17 on Thursday night to move to 7-3, putting the Packers up to 4-7. Ryan Tannehill passed for 333 yards in the win and Derrick Henry threw a TD pass near the goal line in the second quarter for the Titans.

NFL reminds teams of alcohol policy

Later Friday afternoon, the NFL sent a memo to teams reminding them of its longstanding policy of banning alcohol from team facilities, buses and planes and threatening “significant discipline” for any violations.

The memo did not specifically mention Downing.

“In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that it is league policy to prohibit alcoholic beverages, including beer, in locker rooms, training or offices, or while traveling on team buses or aircraft at any time during the preseason, regular season, or postseason,” the memo said, in part. “This applies to all players, coaches, club staff and guests traveling with your team.

“This policy has been in place for many years … Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.”

The warning wasn’t just about Downing’s arrest. The Washington Commanders disciplined several players after they were seen on social media drinking on the team’s return flight after Monday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The NFL said in a statement that the league was “satisfied with the discipline administered by the club” and that no further punishment would come.

The league is still investigating the Titans.

Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing

Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing was charged with a DUI Friday morning following their victory over the Packers. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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