And somewhere in there, a nugget of information was dropped. The Falcons and Patriots were already set to play a nationally televised preseason game on Thursday Aug. 19, and in the middle of this give-and-take, Belichick prodded Dimitroff on who’d get to pick the music when the teams scrimmaged prior to the game.
The idea of having a joint practice isn’t novel — the Cowboys and Broncos did it a couple years back, the 49ers and Raiders do it fairly regularly, and teams in old Wisconsin “Cheese League” of training camps used to do it routinely. But the Falcons haven’t done it since Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith arrived in 2008, and the Patriots haven’t had one of those in a long time.
But now, both sides are considering it. I’m told that the joint practices between the Patriots are “in the works,” and would be held in the days leading up to the preseason game at Atlanta’s facility in Flowery Branch, Ga. Nothing’s final, as of yet.
These workouts are usually wildly entertaining, and even sometimes include some fisticuffs. So yeah, let’s root for this to happen.
Wanna read up some more on the Falcons? I caught up with Dimitroff and covered some ground with him in my Sunday Notes a few weeks back.
UPDATE (3:37 p.m.): I’m now told the teams are “definitely doing it,” but it’s a matter of getting the schedule finalized. Once the schedule’s done, it’ll be official. But that’s a logistical thing. This is happening, folks.