Jon Gruden and 7 Unemployed Coaches Who Will Be Back in the NFL in 2012

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Jon Gruden and 7 Unemployed Coaches Who Will Be Back in the NFL in 2012
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For fans of the struggling franchises out there, it’s never too early to think about a coaching change.  And since there is usually a surprise firing or retirement at some point around the time of “Black Monday,” there will be a handful of spots open for the 2012 season.

Now, certainly front offices around the league will look to coordinators of top-notch offenses and defense out there. And plenty will get head coaching gigs. But guys who have been head coaches before will definitely get some attention as well, no matter how long they’ve been away or how recently they were fired.

Hey, if Dick Vermeil can come back after 15 years of retirement and win a Super Bowl, owners are going to be willing to look almost anywhere.

Here are eight unemployed former chiefs who will could be back in the saddle by next season. 

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