Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t necessarily regret firing Tom Landry shortly after purchasing the team in 1989, but he does admit some regret over the way he handled the living legend’s exit from Dallas.
“Probably if I had it to do over again, really, I would have 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 over the weekend, at the Combine in Indianapolis, per the Dallas Morning News.
As the story goes, the man who sold the team to Jones, H.R. Bum Bright, offered to make the move on Jones’ behalf before the sale became official. But Jones turned him down.
“He said, ‘I’m the one who should make this change.’ You shouldn’t. You should have a clean slate. I will make the change,’” Jones said. “I wanted to and felt that it was pretty obvious that changes were being made because I was taking the team, and I wanted to look Coach Landry in the eye, visit with him about that rather than having it done just through the actual purchase closing procedure that would normally come. But that would’ve been something that when I look back at hindsight, I could’ve taken Bum up on his offer to make those changes.”
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