Titans, Falcons to practice together in Georgia

The Titans and the Atlanta Falcons plan to meet about halfway in

August for a joint practice at a Georgia high school during

training camp.

The Titans announced Thursday they had agreed with the Falcons

on the joint practice Aug. 5 to be held in Dalton, Ga., at Coahulla

High School. The session will be open and free to the public.

Tennessee coach Mike Munchak noted Thursday that the Titans

practiced with the Falcons before. The teams met in Chattanooga for

a scrimmage in 1997, the then-Oilers’ first year in Tennessee. The

Falcons also traveled to Nashville for a couple of days of practice

in 2004, and Munchak said he talked with Atlanta coach Mike Smith

about practicing together last year.

”Because of the lockout, it was too hard to plan something like

this …,” Munchak said. ”With the schedule too …, you can

really have a nice organized practice against someone else who’s a

good football team and really work your first and second groups

without worrying about injuries like you do in preseason

games.”

Dalton is 160 miles from Nashville, and the Titans say they will

bus down and back the day of the practice. Munchak said that will

offer another bonding chance for the players along with exposure

for the Titans near the Tennessee border.

”There’s people who like both teams. I think it’s a great thing

when you can create that atmosphere,” Munchak said.