Report: Cowboys bringing in Boniol to help kickers
Just unloading Nick Folk when he hit the skids this past season did not solve the kicking woes of the Dallas Cowboys.
Shaun Suisham missed some kicks for them, including in the club’s lopsided playoff loss at Minnesota. Suisham is a restricted free agent and David Moore of the Dallas Morning News does not expect him to be tendered a contract offer.
But the Cowboys are seeking a solution and to that end they’re going to bring in former Dallas kicker Chris Boniol to work with their candidates starting this spring. Per Moore’s report, he’ll come in twice a week to work with the kickers starting in March and running through training camp.
Right now, the Cowboys have David Buehler, who handled kickoffs, and Connor Hughes. It’s expected to group could grow or change.
The move makes sense. Special teams coaches usually don’t know all the nuances that go into kicking and punting. This allows a specialist to work with specialists.
“This is another way to accelerate David's development and whoever is his competition," special teams coach Joe DeCamillis told Moore. "It's like a golfer having a swing coach. This is an excellent piece of the puzzle to bring in.
"Most special teams coaches, you know that end of it, but you don't know it as extensively as a specialist. You just don't have the time you need to spend with the kickers, because there are a lot of moving parts."
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