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Seahawks Head Coach Mike Macdonald Says There's 'A lot To Like' About Joint Practices With Titans

Tuesday morning, the Seahawks and Titans announced joint practices, here’s what head coach Mike Macdonald said about them.


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As part of their preseason, the Seahawks are traveling to Tennessee for a preseason matchup against the Titans and will also have a two-day joint practice with them as well.

Head coach Mike Macdonald has been a part of joint practices when he was with the Baltimore Ravens and it's another philosophy that he's bringing to the Seahawks.

"They did it just about every season that I was there," Macdonald said. "Again, you've had some great experiences when it's handled the right way and then some not as great to put it politely. So it's really about controlling the environment. Guys understand what the spirit of the whole thing's about and I believe we will be able to get that done."

While under Pete Carroll, the Seahawks didn't participate in any joint practices, making this a new experience for linebacker Boye Mafe and receiver DK Metcalf who both said they'll see how the joint practices play out.

And even though it'll be a new experience for a lot of the players, Macdonald said there's a lot to like about joint practices.

"We know a lot of the coaches over there, how they operate and it's an opportunity to put it in a setting where you can control the tempos, control the drills, get some high intensity [workouts] for the guys so they're ready to roll. It's just easier, a little bit controlled than true game reps."

For Macdonald, the team can benefit from the practices. "It's hard to go against yourself all the time, especially all the way through OTA, so it'll be good to see another offense. And for our offense, it'd be good to see what they're running on defense. It's just good to see different styles."

Guard Laken Tomlinson, who is no stranger to joint practice, said that he likes the practices with other teams.

"It is another tool to sharpen the iron. It's great."

Echoing Tomlinson's thoughts, Macdonald added, "It's a great opportunity if you do it the right way to get some really good competition in and sharpen each other and try to get ready for the regular season."

The joint practices will be August 14-15, before the Seahawks' preseason game vs. the Titans at Nissan Stadium on August 17.

The Seahawks held the first of three minicamp practices on June 11, 2024 at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

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