NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Todd Downing will continue to work as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator until the Titans hear from the NFL or something happens with Downing’s charges for speeding and driving under the influence.
“Those things obviously could change,” coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday as the Titans returned to work after a long weekend off. “I want to make sure everyone understands that. But as of now, that’s where we are. Status quo.”
Downing was released on $2,500 bond Friday morning after being arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol hours after the Titans beat the Packers 27-17 in Green Bay. Thursday night.
The Titans (7-3) turned in their best offensive performance this season by winning for the seventh time in eight games. The team could punish the coordinator before the charges are legally resolved or the NFL decides on any disciplinary action. Vrabel said they will wait for “everything to be resolved.”
“So if the decisions we make require us to be held accountable, we absolutely will,” Vrabel said. “All of our focus now has to be on Cincinnati. That’s what I told the team, that’s what I expressed. I am confident that we will.”
The Titans host Cincinnati (6-4) on Sunday in a rematch of the division game the Bengals won. with a field goal as time expired, ending the then-No. 1 AFC seed’s bid to host the conference championship game for the first time in franchise history.
Tennessee sits atop the AFC South in search of a third straight title, something that hasn’t been done since the franchise’s first three seasons in the old AFL. The Titans are third in the AFC, and Vrabel said they’re focused on Cincinnati even as they realize they have things outside of football to handle.
“This is where we are now,” Vrabel said. “That could obviously change.”
NOTES: The Titans activated undrafted rookie kicker Caleb Shudak from Iowa for practice Tuesday. He hurt his kicking right leg attempting a field goal in June after going 19 of 24 kicks during the offseason program. Remains on the list of physically unable to perform. Kicker Randy Bullock missed the Green Bay game with an injured right calf, and the Titans signed veteran Josh Lambo, who missed an extra point at Lambeau Field and was waived Monday. Vrabel said it has yet to be determined who will kick on Sunday.
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