A recent NFL.com article named the Tennessee Titans’ Todd Downing as the head coaching candidate for this offseason.
Any GM reading this article can stop reading here and if you’re lucky enough to land Todd Downing as your new HC, congratulations on an excellent hire.
For any Tennessee Titans fan still reading, WE MADE IT.
Fingers crossed for Tennessee Titans fans.
If you’ve followed everything I’ve said about the Tennessee Titans’ offense over the past year and a half, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of Todd Downing as the offensive coordinator.
It’s hard to decide which of his traits makes him the most unattractive as an OK given his lack of success, his willful ignorance of which players can do things well, his track record of doing worse to everyone he coaches, and the list goes on and on.
With Mike Vrabel seemingly unwilling to fire the conductor of this crime train wreck, the only way out seems to be if Todd Downing is hired as head coach for another franchise. As absurd as that sounds, there are apparently a number of rumors about him in league circles.
Here is a quote from that article:
“Downing also kept offense on track for the No1 last year when Derrick Henry missed half the season through injury. Vrabel has already mentored two head coaches on the OC spot – Matt LaFleur and Arthur Smith – by teaching them how to set a culture, and Downing would be similarly equipped for the job.”
I have no words to describe what a skewed view this is. I would argue that the reason the offense survived is because Jon Robinson found D’Onta Foreman and Dontrell Hilliard off the junkyard mid-season.
Since then, Foreman has been the starting running back for the Carolina Panthers and Dontrell Hilliard was the Tennessee Titans’ leader in touchdown receptions for the first half of the season.
Finding those diamonds in the rough while the defense developed into the elite group they are propelled the Titans to the top of the AFC.
A quick word to all the Tennessee Titans fans out there, don’t screw this up for the rest of us. All effort should now be directed towards tricking the rest of the NFL and its fanbases into believing that Downing would be anything but a massive failure as an HC.
Let’s put this on a positive note and remind everyone that the last time the Titans took a bad OC job as HC, it was Matt LaFleur who went to Green Bay and it worked out for everyone. The Tennessee Titans promoted Arthur Smith, who was instantly one of the best OCs in franchise history, and the Packers got an HC that took them to a 1 seed last season.
Granted, the team signing Todd Downing might also need an MVP-level QB… but I’m sure that will be easy to find. It depends on the culture!
Good luck to Todd Downing in his coaching interviews and I really hope that a team like the Indianapolis Colts don’t knock on the door this offseason and steal such a talented individual from this franchise.