It's been more than a decade and a half since Jerry Jones fired Chan Gailey after two seasons as head coach.Now the Jets offensive coordinator, Gailey will face the Cowboys on Saturday for just the second time in his post-Dallas coaching career. The other came in 2011, when Gailey was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, and the Cowboys blew out the Bills at AT&T Stadium, 44-6.
If any coach this side of Tom Landry had cause for some beef with Jones at the time of his ouster, it's probably Gailey. He was fired after going 10-6 in 1998, 8-8 in 1999 and making the playoffs both seasons.
Speaking of his old boss this week though, Gailey made clear that no grudge was held, and that, actually, he thinks Jones's reputation as being a nightmare to work with is unfounded.
"It was interesting," Gailey said, per Rich Cimini of ESPN. "He's a hands-on guy. He's probably the most hands-on guy I've been around as far as an owner goes. It was different, but he was not unfair. He didn't come in and change meetings. All those horror stories you heard, they're not true. He treated us well and allowed me to do my job. It just didn't work out."