By Tony Softli

The 2018 NFL season is coming to a close as week 17 weekend is here.   The worst day for NFL Coaches is near, Black Monday is just five days away and for those coaches riding the hot seat for the last six weeks, they will receive some very needed relief.  Others who have player and some fan support want to remain at their position but ownership has other plans.   More importantly the NFL is a schedule driven business and the train stays on track moving at an optimal rate regardless of who is at the helm.  Let’s take a look at some of the NFL’s Important Dates early in 2019.


December 31st BLACK MONDAY!

January 5-6th  Wild Card Playoffs

January 12-13th  Divisional Playoffs

January 14th  Deadline for college players who are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of underclassmen who have been approved for entry into the 2019 NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 18

January 19th  East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

January 20th   AFC & NFC Championships

January 26th  Senior Bowl,Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

February 3rd  Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

February 26th  March 4th NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

April 25th – 27th 2019  NFL Draft, Nashville, Tennessee