Mike Munchak hopes that a short road trip in the middle of training camp will go a long way toward making the Tennessee Titans a better football team this fall.
The Titans announced Thursday morning that they would hold a joint workout with the Atlanta Falcons, Aug. 6 at Dalton, Ga.
“I think going against other teams, in general, is good for your team, especially when you have a young team like we do,” Munchak said following the final minicamp workout of the offseason. “I talked to Mike Smith … about it last year a little bit, but because of the lockout it was too hard to plan something like this.
“The way the schedule is now too, it’s not like you’re missing a practice when you take a little travel time to get somewhere. So 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 quite a bit without worrying about maybe an injury like you do in a preseason game.”
The workout will take place from 3:30-6:15 p.m. (CDT) at Coahulla Creek High School. The event will be open to the public.
The Titans’ first preseason game is six days later, Aug. 11 at Seattle.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to get on the bus,” Munchak said. “It’s another bonding experience of traveling together, going to … a practice session together, getting a lot of reps against people you’re not as familiar with.
“I think that’s a good thing and both of us [coaches] felt that way for our teams.”
The Falcons went 10-6 and earned one of the NFC’s two wild card spots in 2011. They were 13-3 and champions of the AFC South the previous season.
Tennessee held a training camp scrimmage with Atlanta in 1997, shortly after the franchise relocated from Houston. That took place at the University of Chattanooga and drew a crowd of 7,137. The then-Tennessee Oilers won 19-10.
Over the next two seasons each team played in the Super Bowl.
The Falcons came to Nashville for two days of workouts in 2004.
“We both have to kind of travel the same amount of distance to get where we’re going to get,” Munchak said. “We’re ironing out all of that but we feel really good about that whole experience for your team.
“It kind of breaks up camp for a day, but we also — in the long run — feel like it will be very helpful to everybody.”