Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Atlanta preseason schedule
By Pat Yasinskas
The Atlanta Falcons will be featured once on national television in the preseason.
They’ll host the Cincinnati Bengals in an Aug. 16 game that will be carried on FOX. The exact dates and times for the other three preseason games are not set yet.
But the Falcons will open their preseason schedule at home with the Baltimore Ravens sometime between Aug. 9 and 13. They will play at Miami between Aug. 23 and 26.
They’ll wrap up the preseason with a game at Jacksonville on either Aug. 29 or 30. In recent years, the Falcons and Jaguars have played in the preseason and also held joint practices leading into the game. Atlanta coach Mike Smith was a former assistant to former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio. Former Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey is now the head coach in Jacksonville, so the healthy relationship between the two teams continues.
I’m not sure Smith and Mularkey would want to hold a joint practice so late in the preseason, because those type of workouts generally come earlier in the preseason. We’ll see.