Heady times for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and more fruitful than almost anything since for the franchise. By the late 1990s, the Cowboys were an aging team unable to find true successors to Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
Players and coaches came and went, but Jones is on record saying he regrets firing Chan Gailey, who coached the team in 1998 and 1999 to two straight playoff appearances and an 18-14 regular-season record. Jones' remorse has likely grown stronger this season watching Gailey revive the Bills, especially considering he replaced the man with Dave Campo.
"It was two enjoyable years," Gailey diplomatically told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I mean we were fighting to keep our head above water and fighting to try to win games and it was great opportunity for me and I appreciated the opportunity."
Gailey is aware that Jones calls the dismissal one of his biggest mistakes, but Buffalo's general won't look back in anger.
"It's kind of him to say that," Gailey said. "It is what it is. You canât make more out of it or less out of it than what he said. I appreciate him saying it and life goes on. Those coulda, woulda, shoulda things, you think about, but if you dwell on them youâre wasting brain cells."