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MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots (L) and Linda Holliday look on prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Special guests will flood your TVs Thursday night, as the NFL Network officially unveils the 2020 NFL schedule in a three-hour special. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is among those special guests.

NFL Media announced Belichick as one of many guests on Thursday’s show via Twitter. Others with Patriots ties expected to appear include Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and Giants head coach Joe Judge. Seventeen total head coaches are expected to appear, including Andy Reid, Kyle Shanahan, Mike Tomlin, Pete Carroll, Sean McVay, Bruce Arians, and Ron Rivera.

Three active players will appear on the special: Ravens running back Mark Ingram, Texans wideout Randall Cobb, and Chargers safety Derwin James. Commentators Joe Buck, Al Michaels, and Jim Nantz are also on the NFL’s latest list of guests for the three-hour program, which will unveil and analyze the 2020 NFL schedule for all 32 teams.

In this still image from video provided by the New England Patriots, Head Coach Bill Belichick speaks via teleconference after being selected during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, 2020. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick, seen here at his home in Nantucket, is expected to join the NFL Network during the schedule release show on Thursday night. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

There are conflicting reports as to how the actual NFL schedule will start. According to Nick Underhill at, Tom Brady’s Buccaneers are expected to open 2020 against the Saints. That would refute a previous report by John Clayton that the season would start with four weeks of inter-conference matchups between AFC and NFC teams.

Every report about the NFL schedule has become impossible to believe. Guess we’ll all have to tune in at 8:00 ET for the whole truth. The Belichick part is true, though. We’ll see if he’s still hanging back in Nantucket where he and his dog Nike put together his draft station.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at