News and Notes, 11/12/10: Jerry Jones in Vegas, Nick Saban or Perry Fewell to Dallas?
There have been quite a few Cowboys-related rumors floating around lately so I wanted to address some of them. I emphasize the word “rumors,” as one or two of these notes are surely nothing more than that.
- Jerry Jones was spotted in Las Vegas a few days ago, looking good. Check out the photo evidence below. Nice catch, JJ.
- There’s a rumor that after his trip to Vegas, Jerry Jones flew to Alabama to meet with coach Nick Saban about the possibility of coming to Dallas in 2011.
I personally think Saban is scum, but he does know football. I’ll be grading him and a bunch of other coaches (as it relates to their fit in Dallas) next week.
- Add Perry Fewell’s name to the list of Dallas Cowboys head coaching candidates.
Now this is one I’d love. For those of you who read the comments here on DC Times, you’ve noticed I’ve mentioned Fewell a few times recently as my No. 1 choice to win the job. He’s young, aggressive, and could change the team’s overall mindset going into games. I hadn’t heard Fewell’s name mentioned until now, and I sure hope it isn’t simply to satisfy the Rooney Rule.
- Another awesome article over at Advanced NFL Stats that calculates the amount of “luck” involved in winning football games.
The answer? 42 percent. According to Brian Burke, “The effect of sample error helps explain why we see apparently ‘bad’ teams like this season’s Buccaneers have winning records and apparently ‘good’ teams like the Chargers have losing records. It’s also why the NFL is notoriously hard to predict, and why regression to the mean is so strong from year to year. The more random the process, the stronger regression will be.”
So while the Cowboys have been about as awful as possible this season, I promise you that things are not as bad as they seem.