NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) greets Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh before Super Bowl XLVII. While this was the last game of the season, there's plenty of work ahead for these two and the rest of the NFL. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season ends; Long live the NFL

Yesterday’s 2012 season-ending Super Bowl XLVII was a fitting conclusion to one of the best and most exciting campaigns for the National Football League (NFL).

I saw a tweet this morning lamenting the end of the season and the fact that there will not be anything to do for seven months.

Well, that tweeter couldn’t be far from the truth – in fact, the season is just starting – the off-season, that is … and there’s certainly plenty going on. While the casual fan looks only to the games for entertainment, those who know the league understand that this is probably the best time of year. If the season is Christmas, the offseason is Thanksgiving – and I certainly give thanks for it.

In just a few weeks, we’ve got the Combine starting, followed closely by the free agency period, the Draft, mini-camps, OTAs, training camp and a whole bunch of stuff packed between these major events. Though none of the teams have announced the dates for their mini-camps and OTAs, those dates will be announced in the not-too-distant future. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you think I’m exaggerating, check out this offseason schedule:

NFL Offseason Schedule

Feb. 9-10: Regional Combine (Orange Coast College in Los Angeles, CA)

Feb. 16: Regional Combine (Methodist Training Center in Houston, TX)

Feb. 17: Regional Combine (Cleveland Browns Training Facility in Cleveland, OH)

Feb. 20-26: NFL Combine (Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN)

March 2-3: Regional Combine (Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility in Florham Park, NJ)

March 9: Regional Combine (One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, FL)

March 9-11: Teams can begin negotiating with the agents of players set to become unrestricted free agents at the start of the league year (teams can only talk to agents and not the players during this negotiating window)

March 10: Regional Combine (Halas Hall in Chicago, IL)

March 12: 2013 League Year begins at 4 p.m. ET, opening free agency and the trading period

March 16-17: Regional Combine (Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Atlanta, GA)

March 17-20: Annual League Meeting (The Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ)

March 23-24: Regional Combine (Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, WA)

March 23-24: Regional Combine (Baltimore Ravens Training Facility in Baltimore, MD)

April 7-8: Super Regional Combine (Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX)

April 25-27: 2013 NFL Draft (in New York City, NY)

May 20-22: NFL Spring League Meeting (Hyatt Harborside in Boston, MA)

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