Today is January 11th. Tomorrow is January 12th. When tomorrow arrives, the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs will pop off. Colts and Chiefs, Cowboys and Rams, Chargers and Patriots, and Eagles and Saints. What a joyous weekend it will be.
There’s one team missing from that list. The Houston Texans. They lost last weekend. Their season is over. You may be despondent and down, rummaging around the landfill and taking shots of leachate over it. You may already be dreaming of seeing Deshaun Watson sling passes to DeAndre Hopkins, or of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney partnering up to unleash abhorrent devastation.
If you are already in full on offseason mood, here’s your calendar. Week One of the 2019 NFL regular season begins on Thursday, September 5th, with the games that weekend starting on Sunday, September 8th. This is what you have to suffer through to see the Texans play again.
If you want the condensed version without clicking, here are the most important dates:
January 26 - Senior Bowl college all-star game in Mobile, Alabama
January 27 - NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida
February 4 - Waiver system begins for 2019
February 19 - First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
February 26-March 4 - NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana
March 5 - Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 13 - 2019 League year and free agency period begins
March 24-27 - Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona
April 15 - Offseason workout program begins
April 19 - Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets
April 25-27 - 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee
May 3-6 - Window to hold 3-day post-Draft rookie minicamp
May 10-13 - Second window to hold 3-day post-Draft rookie minicamp
August 31 - Roster cutdown to 53 players
September 5, 8-9 - Regular season Week 1