Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admits he regrets firing former head coach Tom Landry so quickly when he purchased the team back in 1989.
“If I had a chance to do it over again, I would’ve waited a year and just got my feet on the ground a little bit more and probably just gone with the staff that we had and then later made the ultimate change that I made,” Jones said.
Clearly, Jones is still pained by the stigma of being the man who fired Landry and how coldly he did so. Some Cowboys have never forgiven him for it. The event forced the team’s Hall of Fame coach to change allegiances and root for the rival New York Giants until his death, Landry’s wife Alicia admitted in a book last year.
Jones laments now that if he had to it over he would have taken up the offer of former owner Bum Bright.
“He did insist that, ‘I should make this change. You shouldn’t. You should have a clean slate. I will make the change,’ ” Jones said.