Titans, Falcons to hold joint practice near Dalton
VARNELL, GA. (WRCB) -- Local fans won't have to travel far to see the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons in training camp this summer.
The two teams announced Thursday morning plans for a joint practice to be held just outside Dalton at Coahulla Creek High School on Monday, August 6.
The event, which will run from 4:30-7:15 p.m. ET, will be free and open to the public.
"I think going against other teams is good in general for your team, especially when you have a young team like we do," Titans head coach Mike Munchak said after his team's final session of minicamp Thursday. "You can really have a nice organized practice with someone who's a good football team and really work your first and second groups quite a bit without worrying about injuries like you would a preseason game.
"I think it's a great opportunity to be on the bus – the bonding experience of traveling together, going to a practice session together, getting a lot of reps against people that you're not as familiar with."
Coahulla Creek High School opened in 2011 and features state-of-the-art facilities just minutes off I-75 in Whitfield County.
The joint workout will mark the third time the two teams have paired up during training camp, and second time they've come to the Chattanooga area. The Titans and Falcons scrimmaged in Chattanooga in 1997 and held a joint practice at Tennessee's Baptist Sports Park facilities in 2004.
Munchak said he discussed the idea with Falcons coach Mike Smith a year ago, but the NFL lockout made it tough to schedule. Both are hopeful the event can develop into an annual tradition in a region that passionately follows both teams.
"In this part of the country there are Titans fans and Falcons fans," Munchak said. "There are people that like both teams, so I think it's a good thing when you can create that kind of atmosphere where people can come out, spend an evening watching and hopefully enjoying what they see."