NFL Head Coaching Carousel 2011: Jon Gruden Not Coaching Next Season

Old AccountSenior Writer IJanuary 12, 2011

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Oakland Raiders at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The 2011 NFL head coaching carousel has not lived up to the hype as expected, with big-name coaches such as Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher likely staying put as analysts for another season.

A likely cause for these two coaches staying on television for one more year is because of the numerous high-profile jobs that didn't open this season.

Cowher's reported wish list never materialized, as the New York Giants, Houston Texans, and Miami Dolphins decided not to change head coaches this offseason.

While the media has heard no speculation from Cowher, today it appears Jon Gruden is showing his disinterest in the Cleveland Browns.

Gruden announced on ESPN following the BCS National Championship game that he would not be coaching in 2011 and will return to Monday Night Football next season.

Gruden's decision means the end of the rumors in Cleveland. Cleveland.com reports the Browns are moving on from Gruden, and reportedly are going to discuss the opening with Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

The most popular name available in head coaching searches is former Panthers head coach John Fox, who still needs to meet with the Denver Broncos (flights have been delayed due to recent weather).

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A few weeks ago, the NFL head coaching carousel was expected to have many openings this offseason. However, with the CBA not fully in place, it seems many teams will give head coaches one more chance of proving themselves worthy to their franchises next season.

I am an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. Follow me on twitter: twitter.com/MattMiselis.

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