During the season, Jerry Jones said his biggest mistake -- or at least the action that he regrets the most -- in two decades of owning the Cowboys is firing Chan Gailey after two years. Gailey's 1998 and 1999 Cowboy teams were 10-6 and 8-8, respectively, but 0-2 in the playoffs. Compared to what happened after he left, however, that record was sensational. In the three years after Gailey's departure, Dallas was 15-33.
Gailey was hired in January to coach the Bills and he is in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine. Gailey said that he had not talked to Jones since Jones made that statement, but it was clear that Gailey appreciated it -- even though he joked about it.
"I will not disagree with his statement," Gailey said, smiling. "But at the same time, he's the owner. He's got to do what he thinks is best and right at the time. If you haven't made a mistake in this world -- and I'm not saying he did or didn't -- but if you haven't made a mistake in this world, then you haven't made decisions.
-- Jan Hubbard