2019 NFL season

The 2019 NFL season will be the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL). The season will tentatively begin on September 5, 2019. The season will conclude with Super Bowl LIV, the league's championship game, tentatively scheduled for February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

2019 National Football League season
The NFL's centennial emblem, which will be used throughout 2019.
Regular season
DurationSeptember 5, 2019 – December 29, 2019
Start dateJanuary 4, 2020
Super Bowl LIV
DateFebruary 2, 2020 (tentative)
SiteHard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Pro Bowl
DateJanuary 26, 2020 (tentative)

Player movement

The 2019 NFL League year and trading period began on March 13. On March 8, teams were allowed to exercise options for 2019 on players who have option clauses in their contracts submit qualifying offers to their pending restricted free agents and submit a Minimum Salary Tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2018 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agent credit. Teams were required to be under the salary cap using the "Top 51" definition (in which the 51 highest paid-players on the team's payroll must have a combined salary cap.) On March 11 clubs were allowed to contact and begin contract negotiations with the agents of players who were set to become unrestricted free agents.

Free Agency

Free agency began on March 13. Notable players to change teams include:


Notable retirements


The 2019 NFL Draft will be held from April 25–27 in Nashville, Tennessee.[6]

Officiating changes


  • Walt Coleman III: With 30 seasons as an NFL official, Coleman was the longest-tenured official in the NFL before retiring after the previous season's Pro Bowl.[7]
  • Pete Morelli: Morelli had spent 22 seasons as an NFL official before retiring after the previous season's Pro Bowl.[7][8]
  • Larry Nemmers: Nemmers was an on-field official from 1985 to 2007 (referee from 1991 - 2007) before he moved to the replay official position. Nemmers was a replay official from 2008 until his announced retirement in 2018. Nemmers was a side judge in Super Bowl XXV, an alternate referee for Super Bowl XXXV, and the replay official for Super Bowl XLVI.

Combined with the 2018 offseason retirements of Ed Hochuli, Terry McAulay, Gene Steratore, and Jeff Triplette, the league has been forced to replace six of its 17 referee positions within a two-year period.[8]

Rule changes

The following rule changes have been proposed for the NFL owners' meeting in March 2019:[9]

  • Experimenting for one year expanding the types of reviewable plays under instant replay, including pass interference, scores and turnovers negated by fouls, conversions (PAT or two-point), roughing the passer, or unnecessary contact against a defenseless player.
  • Abolish all blindside blocks (15 yards, personal foul)
  • Allow both teams to possess the ball at least once in overtime, even if the first team to possess scores a touchdown.
  • Eliminate overtime from preseason games, and eliminate the overtime coin toss and allow the original coin toss winner the choice of kick, receive, or which goal to defend.
  • Eliminate the onside kick and allow a team that is either tied or behind to run a fourth down and 15 yards play from the 35 yard line. If the first down is made, the offense keeps the ball at the succeeding spot. If not, they lose possession at the succeeding spot. This is similar to a rule used by the Alliance of American Football.
  • Change the review system to match college football's, where all plays are subject to review by the replay booth along with the current coach's challenges.
  • Allow coach's challenges for personal fouls, called or not, on the field.

2019 deaths


Training camps for the 2019 season will be held in late July through August. Teams will start training camp no earlier than 15 days before the team's first scheduled preseason game.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, is scheduled for August 1, 2019, and will be televised nationally by NBC. The game will be held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the same city where the league was founded 99 years prior. The game will feature the Denver Broncos (whose owner Pat Bowlen and former cornerback Champ Bailey are being inducted) against the Atlanta Falcons (Tony Gonzalez played the last five years of his career with the Falcons).[10]

On August 17, the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams will play a preseason game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, the former home of the Pro Bowl.[11]

NFL centennial promotions

On October 18, 2018, the NFL announced that it would commemorate its 100th season throughout 2019, beginning at Super Bowl LIII. An NFL 100 emblem will be featured in promotions across all NFL properties during the season, worn on jerseys as a patch, placed on game balls, and painted on fields.[12][13]

The Chicago Bears (who, as the Decatur Staleys, were one of the 14 charter members of the league) will also celebrate their centennial season with commemorative events throughout 2019. On November 15, 2018, the team unveiled a customized version of the league-wide centennial emblem (which will be worn on jerseys in place of the NFL-branded version), and announced that the team would introduce a throwback jersey.[14]

The NFL aired a special two-minute commercial during Super Bowl LIII to launch the centennial campaign, which featured appearances by 40 current and former NFL players[15], NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL officials Ron Torbert and Sarah Thomas, viral teenage girl football star Sam Gordon[16], and video game streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. The commercial won the annual Super Bowl Ad Meter survey held by USA Today, marking the first time that the NFL itself won.[17]

Regular season

The 2019 regular season's 256 games will be played over a 17-week schedule that is expected to begin on September 5, 2019. Each of the league's 32 teams will play a 16 game schedule, with one bye week. There will be games on Monday nights and on Thursdays, Including the National Football League Kickoff game and games on Thanksgiving Day. The regular season will conclude with a full slate of 16 games, tentatively scheduled for December 29, all of which are expected to be intra-division matchups, as it had been since 2010.

Scheduling formula

Under the NFL's current scheduling formula, each team plays the other three teams in its own division twice. In addition, a team plays against all four teams in one other division from each conference. The final two games on a team's schedule are against the two remaining teams in the same conference that finished in the same position in their respective divisions (e.g., the team that finished fourth in its division will play all three other teams in the conference that also finished fourth). The division parings for 2019 will be as follows:

AFC East vs AFC North
AFC West vs AFC South
NFC East vs NFC North
NFC West vs NFC South

AFC East vs NFC East
AFC North vs NFC West
AFC South vs NFC South
AFC West vs NFC North

The entire schedule will be released in April 2019. Highlights of the 2019 season include:


The 2019 Playoffs are tentatively scheduled to begin on the weekend of January 4–5, 2020, with the Wild Card Playoff round. The four winners of these games will visit the top two seeds in each conference in the Divisional round games, tentatively scheduled for January 11–12. The winners of those games will advance to the Conference championships tentatively scheduled for January 19. The 2020 Pro Bowl will be held at a site to be announced, tentatively scheduled for January 26 and will be broadcast on ESPN. Super Bowl LIV, tentatively scheduled for February 2, will be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Fox.

Head coaching and front office personnel changes

Head coaches


Team Departing coach Interim coach Incoming coach Reason for leaving Notes
Arizona Cardinals Steve Wilks Kliff Kingsbury Fired Wilks was fired on December 31, 2018, after one season in which he accrued a record of 3–13 (.188).[25] He later joined the Cleveland Browns as a defensive coordinator.[26]

Kingsbury, who had spent most of the previous six seasons as head coach of Texas Tech, was hired on January 8, 2019.[27]

Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis Zac Taylor Mutual decision Lewis and the Bengals mutually agreed to part ways on December 31 after a 6–10 (.375) season. In 16 years as the Bengals' head coach, Lewis was 131–122–3 (.518), with 7 playoff appearances. Famously, the Bengals never won a playoff game under Lewis and had missed the playoffs in each of his last three seasons.[28] Lewis joined NFL Network as a commentator for Alliance of American Football games shortly after his departure.[29]

Taylor was officially named as head coach on February 5, 2019. This is his first experience as head coach after serving as the Los Angeles Rams' quarterbacks coach and at 35 years old, is now currently the 2nd youngest active coach in the NFL, after Sean McVay, whom coaches Taylor's former team, the Rams.[30]

Cleveland Browns Hue Jackson Gregg Williams Freddie Kitchens Fired Jackson was fired on October 29, 2018, accumulating a 3–36–1 (.088) record during his 2½-season tenure with the Browns. Jackson failed to win any away games during his tenure and lost every game in 2017.[31] He rejoined the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant coach immediately after his firing. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams finished out the 2018 season with a 5–3 (.625) record. Released by the Browns on January 9, 2019, Williams later joined the New York Jets as a defensive coordinator.[32]

Kitchens was promoted to head coach on January 12, 2019, after serving as the interim offensive coordinator following Jackson's firing. This is his first head coaching position.[33]

Denver Broncos Vance Joseph Vic Fangio Joseph was fired on December 31, 2018, after a 6–10 (.375) season. The Broncos were 11–21 (.344) in Joseph's two losing seasons as head coach, with no playoff appearances.[34] He joined the Arizona Cardinals as a defensive coordinator.[35]

Fangio, a first-time head coach with over 30 years experience as an assistant dating back to the USFL, most recently as defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, was hired on January 10, 2019.[36]

Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy Joe Philbin Matt LaFleur McCarthy was fired on December 2, 2018, shortly after the Packers' loss to the Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy leaves with a record of 135–85–2 (.613) with nine playoff appearances and one Super Bowl championship. Philbin, the team's offensive coordinator, finished the season as interim coach with a record of 2–2 (.500).[37]

LaFleur was hired on January 8, 2019. Previously the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans in 2018, this is his first head coaching position.[38]

Miami Dolphins Adam Gase Brian Flores Gase was fired on December 31, 2018, after a 7–9 (.438) season. The Dolphins were 23–25 (.479) in Gase's three years as head coach, with one playoff appearance in 2016.[39] He was later hired by Dolphins' division rivals, the New York Jets, as head coach.[40]

Flores, formerly the New England Patriots' long time assistant, recently as linebackers coach, was announced as head coach on February 5, 2019. After being with the Patriots organization since their 2004 Super Bowl-winning season, this is his first head coaching position.[41]

New York Jets Todd Bowles Adam Gase Bowles was fired on December 30, 2018, finishing the season with a record of 4–12 (.250) and a cumulative record of 24–40 (.375) with no playoff appearances in four seasons with Jets.[42] He joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a defensive coordinator.[43]

Gase, who was previously the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, posting a 23–25 (.479) record in three seasons, was hired on January 11, 2019.[40]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dirk Koetter Bruce Arians Koetter was fired on December 30, 2018, after a 5–11 (.313) season. The Buccaneers were 19–29 (.396) in Koetter's three years as head coach, with no playoff appearances. Previously, Koetter was Buccaneers' offensive coordinator for one season in 2015.[44] He rejoined the Atlanta Falcons as an offensive coordinator.[45]

Arians was announced as the Buccaneers' new head coach on January 8, 2019. He was previously the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons with 49–30–1 (.619) record from 2013 to 2017, leading them to an NFC Championship Game appearance in 2015.[46]

Front office personnel


Team Position Departing office holder Interim replacement Incoming office holder Reason for leaving Notes
Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome Eric DeCosta Retired The Ravens announced on February 2, 2018 that Newsome would retire after 16 years as the team's GM and that Eric DeCosta, most recently the Ravens' assistant GM, would succeed Newsome.[47] Newsome was the first African-American to occupy the GM position in the NFL.[48]
Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Shaun Herock Mike Mayock Fired McKenzie was fired on December 10, 2018, after six-plus seasons as Raiders' GM.[49] Herock, team's director of college scouting, served as the Raiders’ interim GM until the team settles on a full-time replacement.

Mayock had previously been a television commentator for the past 26 seasons and has never held a front office position.[50]


This will be the third and final season for the Los Angeles Chargers at ROKiT Field at Dignity Health Sports Park,[51] and this will also be the fourth and final season for the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Both the Chargers and the Rams will move to Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California in 2020. This will also be the final season for the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas in 2020.

A buyout window in the Buffalo Bills' lease on New Era Field opens after the 2019 season ends. The window allows the team to cancel its lease on the stadium for a $28 million fee and relocate. If the Bills choose not to exercise the buyout window, they will not be allowed to relocate until the lease expires after the 2022 season.[52]

Raiders relocation

The Oakland Raiders' lease on Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expired after the 2018 season. The team is slated to move to Las Vegas, Nevada once Las Vegas Stadium is completed; it is currently scheduled to open in 2020. The Coliseum management has expressed a reluctance to allow the Raiders to continue using the Coliseum after the lease expires unless the team pays more to cover the losses the Coliseum incurs by hosting Raiders games. In December 2018, the city of Oakland filed a lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL seeking financial damages and unpaid debt, claiming the proposed relocation is illegal but not asking for an injunction forcing the team to stay. The Raiders have stated that if any legal action were filed against them, that they would not renew with the Coliseum and find another, undetermined, temporary home for 2019 until Las Vegas Stadium is finished.[53] The Raiders then attempted to negotiate a lease with Oracle Park in San Francisco before the San Francisco 49ers allegedly vetoed the plan as an infringement on their territorial rights and the mayor of the city spoke in opposition to the Raiders playing there.[54]

With the 49ers refusing to waive territorial rights, the Raiders were forced to either renegotiate with the Coliseum[55] or find a temporary stadium outside the San Francisco Bay Area. San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome)[56] and Tucson, Arizona (Arizona Stadium)[57] both expressed interest and were at least remotely considered. The Raiders, despite reservations about providing funds to the lawsuit being filed against them, opted to negotiate a return to the Coliseum for 2019; a tentative agreement, pending Coliseum and league approval, was announced February 25. [58]



This will be the sixth year under the current broadcast contracts with ESPN, CBS, Fox and NBC. This includes "cross-flexing" (switching) Sunday afternoon games between CBS and Fox before or during the season (regardless of the conference of the visiting team). NBC will continue to air Sunday Night Football, the annual Kickoff Game, and the primetime Thanksgiving game. ESPN will continue to air Monday Night Football and the Pro Bowl with the latter being simulcasted on ABC. Fox will continue to air Thursday Night Football alongside with NFL Network, with Amazon Video and Twitch.tv continuing to simulcast those games online in the second and final year of the two sites' current contract. Fox will also broadcast Super Bowl LIV.

In November 2018, ESPN announced that it would air coverage for all three days of the 2019 NFL Draft on ABC, replacing Fox's broadcast television simulcast of NFL Network in 2018. ABC's coverage will cater towards a mainstream audience and be hosted by the panel of ESPN's College GameDay, while ESPN and NFL Network will continue to carry more conventional coverage of the draft.[60]

The league has an option to cancel its contract with DirecTV after the 2019 season. DirecTV has had exclusive rights to the league's out-of-market sports package, NFL Sunday Ticket, since the package was introduced in 1994.[61]

On March 13, 2019, CBS and NBC confirmed the networks will swap Super Bowl assignments for future years. The 2020 season championship (Super Bowl LV), originally slated for NBC, will now air on CBS, and the 2021 season championship (Super Bowl LVI), slated for CBS, will now air on NBC. This realignment will allow NBC to pair their next Super Bowl with the 2022 Winter Olympics, and allow the NFL more freedom to move up Super Bowl LVI a week to allow NBC to have the Super Bowl one week, then the Winter Olympics to start the ensuing Wednesday night with preliminary event coverage. A similar deal was made in 1989 to allow CBS and NBC to swap the Super Bowl so one network could carry both events in the same year.[62]

Personnel changes

On February 28, 2019, Jason Witten announced he would be leaving his color commentator position on Monday Night Football after one season, as he would be pursuing a comeback with the Dallas Cowboys, where he had played tight end for fifteen seasons before joining ESPN in 2018.[63]


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2018 NFL season

The 2018 NFL season was the 99th season of the National Football League (NFL). The season began on September 6, 2018, with the NFL Kickoff Game with the defending Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Atlanta Falcons 18–12. The season concluded with Super Bowl LIII, the league's championship game, on February 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia between NFC Champions Los Angeles Rams and AFC Champions New England Patriots. The Patriots defeated the Rams 13–3 for their sixth Super Bowl championship and their third in their last five seasons.

2019 in sports

2019 in sports describes the year's events in world sports.

Adrian Hill (American football official)

Adrian Hill (born in Washington, D.C.) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2010 NFL season, wearing uniform number 29.

Andrea Kremer

Andrea Kremer (born February 25, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a multi-Emmy Award Winning American television sports journalist. She currently calls Thursday Night Football games for Amazon Prime Video making sports history, along with Hannah Storm, by becoming the first all-women booth to call any major men's team sport, not just football.. Kremer is also Chief Correspondent for the NFL Network and previously led the network's coverage and in-depth reporting on health and safety. Her other current roles include correspondent for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as well as co-host of We Need To Talk, the first ever all-female nationally televised weekly sports show on CBS. Until the 2011 season, she worked as a sideline reporter for NBC on the network's coverage of Sunday Night Football.

In 2018, Kremer received the tremendous honor from the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the prestigious Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. She has covered more than 25 Super Bowls, the NBA Finals and All-Star Game, Major League Baseball's All-star Game and League Championship Series, college football bowl games, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, U.S Olympic basketball trials, 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming trials, and the PGA Championship.

Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network

The Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network is an American radio network consisting of 37 radio stations which carry coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals, a professional football team in the NFL. WCKY/Cincinnati (1530 AM), WEBN/Cincinnati (102.7 FM), and WLW/Cincinnati (700 AM) serve as the network's 3 flagship stations. The network also includes 34 affiliates in the U.S. states of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia: 25 AM stations, 7 of which extend their signals with one or more low-power FM translators; and 9 full-power FM stations. Dan Hoard is the current play-by-play announcer, while Dave Lapham serves as color commentator. In addition to traditional over-the-air AM and FM broadcasts, the Bengals are available on SiriusXM satellite radio, and online with NFL Audio Pass.

List of Monday Night Football results (2010–present)

Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. From 1970 to 2005, the ABC television network carried these games, with the ESPN cable television network taking over beginning in September 2006. Listed below are games played from 2010 to the most recent season.

NFL International Series

Starting in the 2007 season, the National Football League (NFL) has hosted regular season American football games outside the United States every year. Collectively officially known through 2016 as the NFL International Series, since 2017 the series has two sub-series: the NFL London Games in London, which has been in place since 2007, and the NFL Mexico Game in Mexico City, which began in 2016 with a predecessor game in 2005.

Initially, all games in the International Series were held in London. Wembley Stadium was the exclusive home stadium for International Series games from 2007 to 2015 and will continue to host at least two NFL games through at least 2020; beginning in 2016, the series began expanding to more stadiums, first to Twickenham Stadium in London (2016–2017) and to Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (2016–2021) and eventually to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (2019–2027), with possible future plans to expand the series to Germany and/or Canada.

Oakland Raiders relocation to Las Vegas

The Oakland Raiders relocation to Las Vegas is a successful effort by Mark Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, to relocate the American football club from its current and longtime home of Oakland, California to Paradise, Nevada.

The team is scheduled to begin playing its home games at the Las Vegas Stadium as the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2020 National Football League (NFL) season. NFL team owners voted 31–1 to approve the move, which was announced at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona on March 27, 2017.The Raiders became the third NFL franchise to relocate in the 2010s, following the Rams' move from St. Louis, Missouri to Los Angeles, California on January 12, 2016, and the Chargers' move from San Diego, California to Carson, California on January 12, 2017. The Raiders' move to Las Vegas comes after years of failed efforts to renovate or replace the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, which has been consistently rated as one of the worst stadiums in the NFL.

Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

The Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, often referred to as the Oakland Coliseum, is a multi-purpose stadium in Oakland, California, United States, which is home to both the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). It opened in 1966 and is the only remaining stadium in the United States that is shared by professional football and baseball teams. The Coliseum was also home to some games of the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer in 2008–2009 and hosted games at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum complex consists of the stadium and the neighboring Oracle Arena.

The Coliseum has 6,300 club seats, 2,700 of which are available for Athletics games, 143 luxury suites, 125 of which are available for Athletics games, and a variable seating capacity of 47,170 for baseball, 56,057 for American football, and 63,132 for association football]]. In seating capacity, Oakland Coliseum is the second smallest NFL stadium, larger only than Dignity Health Sports Park, the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers, but the eighth largest MLB stadium.

On April 3, 2017, Opening Day, the Athletics dedicated the Coliseum's playing surface as Rickey Henderson Field in honor of MLB Hall of Famer and former Athletic Rickey Henderson.

Onside kick

In gridiron football, an onside kick is a kickoff deliberately kicked short. On most kickoffs, the kicking team concedes possession of the ball and tries to kick it as far as possible from its own goal. In an onside kick, however, the kicking team kicks short in hopes of regaining possession of the ball before the receiving team can control it.

The onside kick is a low-percentage play, generally only seen late in a game when the kicking team is trailing in the score and must retain possession of the ball in order to score before time expires. However, its chances of success increase in a situation where the returning team does not expect it.

Oracle Park

Oracle Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. Originally named Pacific Bell Park, then SBC Park in 2003 after SBC Communications acquired Pacific Bell, the stadium was then christened AT&T Park in 2006, after SBC acquired AT&T and took on the name. The current name was adopted in 2019. The park stands along the San Francisco Bay, a segment of which is named McCovey Cove in honor of former Giants player Willie McCovey.

Oracle Park has also played host to both professional and collegiate American football games. The stadium was the home of the annual college postseason bowl game now known as the Redbox Bowl from its inaugural playing in 2002 until 2013, and also served as the temporary home for the University of California's football team in 2011. Professionally, it was the home of the San Francisco Demons of the XFL and the California Redwoods of the United Football League.

The stadium can be reached via San Francisco's Muni Metro; the 2nd and King Station is directly outside the ballpark.

Scott Novak

Scott Novak (born in Parker, Colorado) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2014 NFL season, wearing uniform number 1.

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