New head coaches like Kyle Shanahan and Anthony Lynn will have a chance to address reporters while scouting top prospects.
It’s been an arduous four weeks without football, but the NFL returns to the field — kind of — as the NFL Combine touches down on Indianapolis. The pre-draft proving ground will bring college football’s finest eligible athletes in front of a host of scouts to help sort out 2017’s top prospects.
The combine isn’t just a chance to see college stars work out. It’s an intersection where executives and player agents will cross paths and talk shop. While teams can’t officially negotiate with free agents yet, the conversations that take place in the middle of Indiana could be the foundation from which new league powerhouses are built.
Uniting the league’s top executives and coaches will provide several opportunities for teams to address the press and reveal their plans for the offseason. For new head coaches like the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan or the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn, it’s the first opportunity to deal with reporters at a league function in their new capacities. For executives of rebuilding teams like the Browns, Bears, or Rams, it’s a chance to sell the vision of a more prosperous future.
While defensive linemen barrel down the turf 40 yards at the time, the league’s greatest minds will take to the podiums to reveal their grand designs for 2017 and beyond. Players will also meet with the media, though the times will be scattered throughout the week.
Here’s the press conference schedule for the league’s coaches and executives, as well as position groups. All times are Eastern.
Wednesday, March 1
9 a.m.: Vance Joseph, Broncos head coach
9:15 a.m: Sean McDermott, Bills head coach
9:30 a.m: John Harbaugh, Ravens head coach
9:45 a.m: Dirk Koetter, Buccaneers head coach
10 a.m: Jason Licht, Buccaneers GM
10:15 a.m: Dan Quinn, Falcons head coach
10:45 a.m: Kevin Colbert, Steelers GM
11 a.m: Ted Thompson, Packers GM; Doug Marrone, Jaguars head coach; John Fox, Bears head coach
11:15 a.m: Ben McAdoo, Giants head coach; Duke Tobin, Bengals Director of Player Personnel; Steve Keim, Cardinals GM
11:30 a.m: Rick Spielman, Vikings GM; Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach
11:45 a.m: Jon Robinson, Titans GM
Noon: Sashi Brown, Browns GM; Mike Mularkey, Titans head coach; John Schneider, Seahawks GM
1 p.m: Mike McCarthy, Packers head coach
2 p.m: Dave Gettleman, Panthers GM
2:15 p.m: Thomas Dimitroff, Falcons GM
2:30 p.m: Howie Roseman, Eagles GM; Kyle Shanahan, 49ers head coach
2:45 p.m: Todd Bowles, Jets head coach; Doug Pederson, Eagles head coach; Bob Quinn, Lions GM
3 p.m: Mike Maccagnan, Jets GM; Chris Ballard, Colts GM
3:15 p.m: Andy Reid, Chiefs head coach
3:30 p.m: Bill O’Brien, Texans head coach
4 p.m: John Elway, Broncos GM; Jason Garrett, Cowboys head coach
Thursday, March 2
9 a.m.: Hue Jackson, Browns head coach
9:15 a.m.: Jack Del Rio, Raiders head coach
10 a.m.: Ron Rivera, Panthers head coach; Chuck Pagano, Colts head coach; Tom Telesco, Chargers GM
10:15 a.m.: Anthony Lynn, Chargers head coach
10:30 a.m.: Les Snead, Rams GM
11 a.m.: Rick Smith, Texans GM; Dave Caldwell, Jaguars GM
11:15 a.m.: Mike Zimmer, Vikings head coach; John Lynch, 49ers GM
11:30 a.m.: Sean McVay, Rams head coach
11:45 a.m.: Adam Gase, Dolphins head coach
Noon: John Dorsey, Chiefs GM; Pete Carroll, Seahawks head coach
Players: Running backs, offensive linemen, specialists
Friday, March 3
11 a.m.: Marvin Lewis, Bengals head coach
Players: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends
Saturday, March 4
Players: Defensive linemen and linebackers
Sunday, March 5
Players: Defensive backs
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