ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – In the second of two coaching moves tonight, the Bills added quarterback coach Todd Downing for the 2014 season.
Downing, like new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, comes over from the Lions, where he worked with Matthew Stafford for the last three seasons. Stafford became the franchise’s all-time leading passer in 2013 with 17,457 career passing yards.
He also has some experience with two of the quarterbacks on the Bills’ roster. Downing coached Thad Lewis during his brief stint in Detroit, and also coached EJ Manuel during last year’s Senior Bowl.
“Todd Downing is a bright and energetic coach. He is familiar with our personnel at the quarterback position and he will play a key role in the development of all of the quarterbacks on the Bills’ roster,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone in a press release. “He played a pivotal role in the development of Detroit’s quarterbacks during his tenure – most notably Matthew Stafford, the franchise’s all-time leading passer. Downing will be a valuable addition to our offensive coaching staff.”
Downing previously spent time as an assistant coach with the Vikings and Rams before joining the Lions in 2009.