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Kicking Coach Boniol Leaving Cowboys; Bissacia Likely Remaining

Mike Fisher for 105.3 The Fan | CBSDFW.com
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In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Boniol of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Boniol of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

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IRVING, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – Chris Boniol and the Dallas Cowboys have “mutually agreed’’ to part ways, the special-teams assistant coach tells me today.

“Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett all made great cases on behalf of me staying, and they’ve all been tremendous to work with,’’ Boniol says. “But we’ve mutually agreed to move on, with me having some of the best memories and best accomplishments of my life being part of the Cowboys.’’

Boniol retired as a player in 1999 as the first player in Dallas history to record three straight 100-point seasons and was a member of the Super Bowl XXX champs. After working in private business and as a teacher and coach in North Texas, he rejoined the club in 2010. Last year he signed on for a one-year contract to work under new special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

This change would suggest that Bisaccia – despite scheduled interviews in Washington and elsewhere there are head-coaching vacancies – is likely to remain at Valley Ranch.

Boniol, 42, is credited with the discovery and development of Dallas’ standout tandem of kicker Dan Bailey and punter Chris Jones.

“They’re big boys now, and they’ve done so much of that development on their own,’’ Boniol says. “I’m very proud to have been a part of their growth into outstanding players for the Cowboys.’’

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