They will not be playing each other this year in the regular season but the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons will be meeting on August 6 to combine for a preseason practice that will be open to the public. The practice will be held at Coahulla Creek High School in Dalton, Georgia.
Both of the franchises are excited to have a practice like this. Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak spoke briefly last year with Atlanta head coach Mike Smith about it happening last season, but the lockout created too much conflict. The site of the practice is almost halfway between Atlanta and Nashville, a perfect drive for either fan base.
This is something fun that will also prove effective for both teams. Having the ability to practice against another team before preseason starts gives an advantage to both sides. I like the Falcons, and I think they have a solid team. It will be a good way for the younger members of the Titans team to see the work that other teams put in on the field.
After the news of this practice broke a few days ago, Munchak was in Nashville with reporters in which he released a statement saying, “You can really have a nice organized practice with a good football team and work your first and second groups quite a bit without worrying about injuries like you would in a preseason game.”
It isn’t the first time that this meeting has happened between these two teams, let alone in the NFL and if it’s up to the franchise it won’t be the last. This tradition started in 1997 between the two teams and then happened again in 2004. The teams hope it will turn into an annual meeting.