The time is coming.
Yes, it's the week (probably Tuesday night) in which the league will tear down the list of 256 regular season games that will be played in 2019. We know who will play to whom and where these games will be played, but the question knowing when these games will be played is of great importance, especially when it comes to determining which games will end up in the most prominent slot machines in each week of the campaign.
At the moment, the league is waiting for mid-April to finalize its schedule, which will allow the dust to settle entirely on the player's playing field before deciding the "when". An important event during the season of player acquisition remains undecided when the schedule is scheduled. determined: the draft.
That's why at least one owner (and maybe more) would like the schedule to be delayed until they know where the best beginners will play.
It makes sense. This year, quarterback Kyler Murray stands out as the biggest card of potential attraction from the point of view of television from September to December. While Arizona's plans for the first overall pick are still unknown (and the NFL appreciates it in this way, from the television point of view from April to the end of April), the decision to let the 49ers-Cardinals enter the second half of the traditional double-week Week One Monday risk of the game will not be as compelling as it could be, as it will not possibly entail not be the official debut of the most fascinating prospect of 2019.
If the league had to wait after the repechage, she would know who Murray was, and if the choices, exchanges, etc. from another team make a given game more or less convincing. What if Jack Del Rio's interest in Russell Wilson was right and he was exchanged? And if another job that would upset the league landscape would happen?
On the other hand, what is the benefit of knowing the schedule before the draft? Does the team select new players based on their confrontation with Patrick Mahomes in the first week or week 14?
If the ultimate goal is to have the most convincing schedule possible for the regular season, the league must wait after the repechage. Then the league would have a last marquee made for television and that would fit the final countdown of the new season.