Todd Downing (born July 22, 1980) is an American football coach who is the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets. He has previously served as offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans as well as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.

Todd Downing
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Downing with the Tennessee Titans in 2021
New York Jets
Position:Quarterbacks coach & passing game coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1980-07-22) July 22, 1980 (age 43)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.
Career information
High school:Eden Prairie (MN)
Career history
As a coach:
As an executive:
Career highlights and awards
  • PFF Quarterbacks Coach of the Year (2015)
Coaching stats at PFR

Playing career


Downing played quarterback for the Minnesota Maulers, a semi-pro football team from 2000 to 2002, and helped the Maulers reach three consecutive championship games.[1]

Coaching career


Early career


Downing received his first coaching job when he was hired as a 9th grade B team offensive coach at Eden Prairie High School.[2] While coaching at his high school, the Eagles won the Class 5A state title in 2000 over Matt Birk's Cretin Durham Hall Raiders.[1]

Minnesota Vikings


After being offered an internship in 2001 by Chad Ostlund in Research and Development for the Minnesota Vikings, Downing was a Public Relations intern for 2002,[3] a football systems analyst from 2003–04, and offensive quality control coach in 2005.[4]

St. Louis Rams


In 2006, Downing was hired by the St. Louis Rams to be a defensive assistant and special teams assistant coach.[3] He would keep this job for two seasons before becoming the Rams' defensive quality control coach.[1]

Detroit Lions


In 2009, Downing was hired by the Detroit Lions with Scott Linehan as an offensive quality control coach.[4] Downing was the assistant quarterback coach in 2010 and was promoted to the quarterbacks coach role in 2011.[4] While he was coaching quarterbacks in Detroit, Matthew Stafford averaged 4,885 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions from 2011–13.[5]

Buffalo Bills


In 2014, Downing was the Buffalo Bills' quarterback coach.

Oakland Raiders


In 2015, Downing was hired by the Oakland Raiders as their quarterbacks coach under head coach Jack Del Rio.[4] Downing is credited for helping Derek Carr become the first Raiders quarterback to be selected to a Pro Bowl since 2002.[4] On January 20, 2015, Downing was named by Pro Football Focus as Quarterbacks Coach of the Year.[6] After coaching Raiders quarterbacks for two years, he was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2017, after the Raiders decided not to renew Bill Musgrave's contract.[4] When Downing coached Carr from 2015–16, he threw for 7,924 yards, 60 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions with two Pro Bowl appearances.[7]

Downing was fired on January 1, 2018, along with head coach Jack Del Rio and the rest of Del Rio's staff after dropping from 12–4 to 6–10 due to a major regression of the offense.

Minnesota Vikings (second stint)


On February 19, 2018, Downing was hired by the Minnesota Vikings as a senior offensive assistant.[4] Following the sudden and unexpected passing of Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano prior to training camp in 2018, tight ends coach Clancy Barone was shifted to coach the offensive line, alongside Sparano's assistant offensive line coach, Andrew Janocko, while Downing was moved from senior offensive assistant to tight ends coach to fill the vacant position.

Tennessee Titans

Downing in 2021

On January 26, 2019, Downing was hired by the Tennessee Titans as their tight ends coach under head coach Mike Vrabel.[8]

On January 29, 2021, Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing Arthur Smith, who departed to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons two weeks prior.[9] In Downing's first season as offensive coordinator, the Titans finished 17th in overall offense and 15th in points scored.[10]

On January 9, 2023, Downing was fired after the Titans finished 30th in overall offense and 28th in points scored (17.5 per game).[11][12][13]

New York Jets


On February 13th, 2023 per Ian Rapoport, the Jets hired Downing to be their passing game coordinator. A year later on February 20, 2024 when Rob Calabrese, the Jets quarterbacks coach at the time, left to become the offensive assistant for the Los Angeles Rams, Downing was promoted to passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach under head coach Robert Saleh.

Personal life


Downing grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He and his wife, Julie, have a son named Jackson.[1] Downing was arrested for a DUI when driving back from a game in November 2022.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d "Coaches at a Glance: Downing". Los Angeles Rams. April 15, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Scoggins, Chip (November 13, 2015). "Long journey leads Eden Prairie native to Raiders job". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Catching Up...with Todd Downing". Los Angeles Rams. June 7, 2006. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Peters, Craig (February 19, 2018). "5 Things to Know About New Vikings Senior Offensive Assistant Todd Downing". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Matthew Stafford Stats | 2011–2013". Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "PFF News & Analysis".
  7. ^ "Derek Carr Stats | 2015–2016". Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Wyatt, Jim (January 26, 2019). "Titans Hire Veteran Coach Todd Downing to Coach Tight Ends". Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Wyatt, Jim (February 5, 2021). "Titans Promote Todd Downing to OC, Elevate Shane Bowen to DC as Mike Vrabel Sets Staff". Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  10. ^ Glennon, John (January 23, 2022). "What to Make of Downing's First Season in Charge of Offense?". Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  11. ^ Wyatt, Jim (January 9, 2023). "Titans Part Ways With OC Todd Downing, OL Coach Keith Carter, Secondary Coach Anthony Midget and Offensive Skill Assistant Erik Frazier". Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  12. ^ Glennon, John (January 9, 2023). "Downing, Three Other Coaches Fired". Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  13. ^ Baca, Michael (January 9, 2023). "Titans fire offensive coordinator Todd Downing". Retrieved January 11, 2023.
  14. ^ Glennon, John (November 18, 2022). "Todd Downing Arrested Hours After Win". Retrieved November 19, 2022.