Coaches

Todd Downing
Offensive Coordinator

17th Season In NFL

3rd Season with Raiders

Todd Downing enters his first season at the team’s offensive coordinator in 2017 after spending two years as quarterbacks coach. Following his appointment in January, Downing is now in his 17th NFL season and third with the Raiders.

                Downing continued in the mentoring of QB Derek Carr in 2016, as Carr was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and emerged as an MVP candidate. Carr led the Raiders offensive attack as the unit finished sixth in the NFL in total offense (373.3 yard per game) and sixth in rushing offense (120.1 yards per game). He finished the year among NFL leaders, throwing for 3,937 yards on 357-of-560 passing (63.8 percent) with 28 touchdowns to just six interceptions for a quarterback rating of 96.7. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 8 vs. Tampa Bay when he set the franchise record with 513 passing yards in the team’s overtime victory.

                Carr’s campaign was marked by his play in the clutch, as he orchestrated seven fourth quarter/overtime comeback and game-winning drives in 2016. His seven such games ranked second in the NFL in 2016, and set a new franchise single-season record. In the team’s win against Buffalo, he became the first quarterback in NFL history with five game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter/overtime in a single season. While playing from behind, Carr passed for 7.3 yards per attempt, 15 touchdowns to just one interception and a passer rating of 102.5. He was named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year for his performance in 2016.

                In his first season with Oakland, Downing helped Carr post one of the most prolific passing campaigns in team history on his way to becoming the first quarterback to represent the Raiders in the Pro Bowl since 2002. For his efforts with the position group in 2015, Downing was named Pro Football Focus’ Quarterbacks Coach of the Year. Under Downing’s tutelage, Carr improved his passer rating by 14.5 points from his rookie season to 91.1 in 2015, the fifth largest improvement in the NFL over that span. Downing oversaw staggering production from Carr and the passing attack, as the quarterbacks combined for the second most passing touchdowns (34) and the third most passing yards (4,129) in team history last season. Carr’s 32 touchdown passes tied for the seventh most in the NFL in 2015, and he led the NFL with 13 touchdowns of 25-or-more yards.

                Prior to joining the Raiders, Downing guided second-year QB EJ Manuel and veteran QB Kyle Orton, leading Buffalo to a 9-7 record in 2014. After Manuel threw touchdowns in each of his four starts on the season, Downing helped Orton record his best statistical season since 2010. In just 12 starts, Orton posted his third 3,000-yard season and tied his third best touchdown mark with 18 scores. 

                Downing joined the Bills after five seasons with the Detroit Lions, four of them working with quarterbacks. Downing got his start in Detroit as an offensive quality control coach in 2009 before becoming the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2010, working with QB Matthew Stafford, the Lions’ first-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

                In Downing’s three seasons as quarterbacks coach in Detroit, Stafford started all 48 games and passed for at least 4,600 yards and 20 touchdowns each year, including a 5,000-yard, 41-touchdown season in 2011, which led to the Lions’ first playoff berth since 1999. Under Downing’s tutelage, Stafford went on to become the franchise leader in attempts, completions and passing yards, and ranked second in touchdowns with 109 by the end of 2013.

                In 2013, Stafford completed 371-of-634 passes for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns, his third consecutive 4,600-yard, 20-touchdown season. The year prior, he fell just shy of his second-straight 5,000-yard season, setting franchise marks in both attempts and completions by connecting on 435-of-727 passes (59.8 percent) for 4,967 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

                In 2011, Downing’s first year as quarterbacks coach, Stafford set franchise passing records for yards (5,038), touchdowns (41), passer rating (97.2) and completion percentage (63.5). He was one of only three quarterbacks, along with QB Drew Brees and QB Tom Brady, to finish 2011 in the top five of all six major passing categories: third in yards, third in touchdown passes, fifth in quarterback rating, fifth in completion percentage, first in attempts (663) and second in completions (421).

                Downing’s guidance helped Stafford record two of the best seasons in NFL history. His 2011 and 2012 seasons rank eighth and ninth, respectively, on the all-time single-season passing yards list, and Stafford and Brees are the only players to have thrown for at least 4,900 yards in back-to-back seasons.

                 The 2010 season forced Downing to deal with several injuries at the quarterback position. However, all three of the team’s signal callers maintained production throughout the season and all three won at least two games that season. In all, the Lions started Stafford (three games), QB Shaun Hill (10 games) and QB Drew Stanton (three games), and the team ranked third in the league in completions (383), third in attempts (633), 12th in gross passing yards (4,001) and were tied for 11th in touchdown passes (26).

                  Before working exclusively with quarterbacks, Downing served as a defensive assistant and assistant special teams coach with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-07. In 2008, he was named assistant secondary/defensive quality control coach in St. Louis.

                Downing got his start at the NFL level with the Minnesota Vikings on current Raiders offensive line coach and former Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice’s staff, where he worked as an intern and coaching assistant from 2001-02 and as a football systems analyst from 2003-04. He was named offensive quality control coach for the Vikings in 2005. He helped the Vikings achieve top-five finishes in three years (2003-05) and a playoff appearance in 2004.

                 Before he entered the NFL ranks, Downing began his coaching career with his alma mater, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School, from 1999-2000. In 2000, he helped lead the Eagles to the Minnesota Class 5-A State Title.

 

PERSONAL: Native of Eden Prairie, Minn. …Studied business communications at the University of Minnesota from 1999-2002…During the summers of 2000-02, played quarterback for a semi-pro team, the Minnesota Maulers…He and his wife, Julie, have a son, Jackson.

17th Season In NFL

3rd Season with Raiders

Todd Downing enters his first season at the team’s offensive coordinator in 2017 after spending two years as quarterbacks coach. Following his appointment in January, Downing is now in his 17th NFL season and third with the Raiders.

                Downing continued in the mentoring of QB Derek Carr in 2016, as Carr was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and emerged as an MVP candidate. Carr led the Raiders offensive attack as the unit finished sixth in the NFL in total offense (373.3 yard per game) and sixth in rushing offense (120.1 yards per game). He finished the year among NFL leaders, throwing for 3,937 yards on 357-of-560 passing (63.8 percent) with 28 touchdowns to just six interceptions for a quarterback rating of 96.7. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 8 vs. Tampa Bay when he set the franchise record with 513 passing yards in the team’s overtime victory.

                Carr’s campaign was marked by his play in the clutch, as he orchestrated seven fourth quarter/overtime comeback and game-winning drives in 2016. His seven such games ranked second in the NFL in 2016, and set a new franchise single-season record. In the team’s win against Buffalo, he became the first quarterback in NFL history with five game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter/overtime in a single season. While playing from behind, Carr passed for 7.3 yards per attempt, 15 touchdowns to just one interception and a passer rating of 102.5. He was named the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year for his performance in 2016.

                In his first season with Oakland, Downing helped Carr post one of the most prolific passing campaigns in team history on his way to becoming the first quarterback to represent the Raiders in the Pro Bowl since 2002. For his efforts with the position group in 2015, Downing was named Pro Football Focus’ Quarterbacks Coach of the Year. Under Downing’s tutelage, Carr improved his passer rating by 14.5 points from his rookie season to 91.1 in 2015, the fifth largest improvement in the NFL over that span. Downing oversaw staggering production from Carr and the passing attack, as the quarterbacks combined for the second most passing touchdowns (34) and the third most passing yards (4,129) in team history last season. Carr’s 32 touchdown passes tied for the seventh most in the NFL in 2015, and he led the NFL with 13 touchdowns of 25-or-more yards.

                Prior to joining the Raiders, Downing guided second-year QB EJ Manuel and veteran QB Kyle Orton, leading Buffalo to a 9-7 record in 2014. After Manuel threw touchdowns in each of his four starts on the season, Downing helped Orton record his best statistical season since 2010. In just 12 starts, Orton posted his third 3,000-yard season and tied his third best touchdown mark with 18 scores. 

                Downing joined the Bills after five seasons with the Detroit Lions, four of them working with quarterbacks. Downing got his start in Detroit as an offensive quality control coach in 2009 before becoming the assistant quarterbacks coach in 2010, working with QB Matthew Stafford, the Lions’ first-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

                In Downing’s three seasons as quarterbacks coach in Detroit, Stafford started all 48 games and passed for at least 4,600 yards and 20 touchdowns each year, including a 5,000-yard, 41-touchdown season in 2011, which led to the Lions’ first playoff berth since 1999. Under Downing’s tutelage, Stafford went on to become the franchise leader in attempts, completions and passing yards, and ranked second in touchdowns with 109 by the end of 2013.

                In 2013, Stafford completed 371-of-634 passes for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns, his third consecutive 4,600-yard, 20-touchdown season. The year prior, he fell just shy of his second-straight 5,000-yard season, setting franchise marks in both attempts and completions by connecting on 435-of-727 passes (59.8 percent) for 4,967 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

                In 2011, Downing’s first year as quarterbacks coach, Stafford set franchise passing records for yards (5,038), touchdowns (41), passer rating (97.2) and completion percentage (63.5). He was one of only three quarterbacks, along with QB Drew Brees and QB Tom Brady, to finish 2011 in the top five of all six major passing categories: third in yards, third in touchdown passes, fifth in quarterback rating, fifth in completion percentage, first in attempts (663) and second in completions (421).

                Downing’s guidance helped Stafford record two of the best seasons in NFL history. His 2011 and 2012 seasons rank eighth and ninth, respectively, on the all-time single-season passing yards list, and Stafford and Brees are the only players to have thrown for at least 4,900 yards in back-to-back seasons.

                 The 2010 season forced Downing to deal with several injuries at the quarterback position. However, all three of the team’s signal callers maintained production throughout the season and all three won at least two games that season. In all, the Lions started Stafford (three games), QB Shaun Hill (10 games) and QB Drew Stanton (three games), and the team ranked third in the league in completions (383), third in attempts (633), 12th in gross passing yards (4,001) and were tied for 11th in touchdown passes (26).

                  Before working exclusively with quarterbacks, Downing served as a defensive assistant and assistant special teams coach with the St. Louis Rams from 2006-07. In 2008, he was named assistant secondary/defensive quality control coach in St. Louis.

                Downing got his start at the NFL level with the Minnesota Vikings on current Raiders offensive line coach and former Vikings Head Coach Mike Tice’s staff, where he worked as an intern and coaching assistant from 2001-02 and as a football systems analyst from 2003-04. He was named offensive quality control coach for the Vikings in 2005. He helped the Vikings achieve top-five finishes in three years (2003-05) and a playoff appearance in 2004.

                 Before he entered the NFL ranks, Downing began his coaching career with his alma mater, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School, from 1999-2000. In 2000, he helped lead the Eagles to the Minnesota Class 5-A State Title.

 

PERSONAL: Native of Eden Prairie, Minn. …Studied business communications at the University of Minnesota from 1999-2002…During the summers of 2000-02, played quarterback for a semi-pro team, the Minnesota Maulers…He and his wife, Julie, have a son, Jackson.

 

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