New York Daily News

Jets hire passing game coordinato­r


Jets coach Robert Saleh said he wanted to hire a senior offensive assistant this offseason.

Gang Green filled that role a day after the Super Bowl.

According to a source, the Jets have hired Todd Downing as their passing game coordinato­r.

The Jets passing game coordinato­r role has been vacant since 2021, when Greg Knapp died of injuries suffered in a biking accident in California.

Downing will work with offensive coordinato­r Nathaniel Hackett, who was hired last month. They each will look to improve an offense that finished at the bottom of several statistica­l categories, including 25th in offense (318.2 yards per game) and 29th in points scored (17.4 per game).

Downing has been an assistant coach in the NFL since 2005. From 2010-13, he was the Lions quarterbac­ks coach, working with a young Matthew Stafford.

Following a year as the Bills quarterbac­k coach in 2014, Downing became the Raiders quarterbac­ks coach (2015-16) and later their offensive coordinato­r (2017). He received a lot of credit for helping Derek Carr become a Pro Bowl quarterbac­k and an MVP candidate as the Raiders reached the playoffs in 2016.

Most recently, Downing was Titans tight ends coach (2019-20) and offensive coordinato­r (202122) as he worked to revive Ryan Tannehill’s career after he was traded from the Dolphins. During his two seasons guiding the Titans offense, they finished 17th and 30th in the league. Tennessee also ended those years 24th and 30th in passing, as the team averaged 17.5 points per game under Downing’s direction.

Downing was fired by the Titans last month following the team’s 7-10 campaign. This was nearly two months after he was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding on Nov. 18.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested Downing hours after the Titans beat the Packers, 27-17, in Green Bay on Thursday Night Football.

The Titans didn’t suspend or punish Downing for the incident, but he did serve 48 hours at the Williamson County jails from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

Downing’s hire is significan­t because he has links to two possible quarterbac­k options, Carr and Tannehill, this offseason. The Raiders are expected to release Carr shortly after he turned down a trade offer to the Saints.

Tannehill is not a free agent, but the Titans could release him since the team is more than $21 million over the salary cap. If Tannehill is released, Tennessee would save $18.8 million.

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