Todd Downing enters his fifth season with the Lions and his fourth working with quarterbacks. He spent his first season with Detroit as an offensive quality control coach. Before joining the Lions, he coached three seasons with St. Louis as an assistant secondary/defensive quality control coach (2008) and a defensive assistant coach/assistant special teams coach (2006-07).
LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS:
Downing coaches a quarterback corps led by QB Matthew Stafford who has emerged as one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Downing originally entered the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, spending three years on the Vikings coaching staff as the Offensive Quality Control Coach (2005) and football systems analyst (2003-04), helping the Vikings to a Top 5 Offense in all three years and a playoff appearance in 2004. During the summers from 2000-02, Downing played quarterback for a semi-pro team, the Minnesota Maulers.
Before entering the NFL ranks, Downing began his coaching career with Eden Prairie High School in Minneapolis (1999-2000). In 2000, he helped his alma mater to the Minnesota Class 5-A state title.
A native of Eden Prairie, Minn., Downing studied Business Communications at the University of Minnesota (1999-2002) and now resides in Michigan with his wife Julie.
DOWNING'S COACHING BACKGROUND
Detroit Lions 2009 - present
• Quarterbacks 2011-
• Assistant Quarterbacks 2010-
• Offensive Quality Control 2009-10
St. Louis Rams 2006-08
• Assistant Secondary/Defensive Quality Control 2008
• Defensive Assistant /Assistant Special Teams 2006-07
Minnesota Vikings 2003-05
• Offensive Quality Control 2005
• Football Systems Analyst 2003-04
Eden Prairie High School 1999
• Assistant Coach 1999
The Lions began on-the-field preparations for Buffalo on Wednesday the same way they did for the Jets last week – without All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson on the practice field.
The players are different, but the defense Jim Schwartz runs as the Bills’ defensive coordinator is something the Lions practiced against in Schwartz’s tenure as head coach.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson talked about his health and preparing to go against former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz's defense this week.