Cole Cubelic believes that as Bo Nix continues to grow, body language must be improved
To say Bo Nixs quarterbacking career at Auburn has been a whirlwind is an understatement.
Consistently inconsistent might be a more appropriate description.
Hes now working as his third offensive coordinator in his second year. He either gets praised for leaving the pocket and making magic happen, which, I would add, has resulted in a T-shirt (tip of the cap to NIL), or he is being criticized for not staying in there long enough.
Either way, he understands the demands of being a quarterback in the SEC.
Cole Cubelic is a big believer in it, too. On Wednesday, the SEC Network analyst and former Auburn player appeared on The Opening Kickoff on WNSP-FM 105.5 and was asked if the Auburn quarterback is leaving the pocket out of necessity or out-of-the-box.
His answer, quite honestly, was a mixture of both.
He then went on to elaborate on another problem he couldnt help but notice with Nix. It is one he hopes to clear up as quarterback develops and matures: body language.
Cubelic said on Thursday that the situation for him hasn't really improved. You go back to TJ Finley when he came in against Georgia State and removing yourself from your teammates, going to the other side of the sidelines, explains Finlay. To me, thats inadmissible.
When I watch him, some of the reactions to teammates having letdowns are very disappointing. I snapped the ball to quarterbacks who threw an interception, as the player that played there and a player who I feel like put in incredibly much effort there, and I felt like I put countless hours into being able to be viewed as receptive to those who had put out dozens of effort. I handed the ball to quarterbacks and then to running backs who fumbled it. I played next to two guards. Hell, I missed a lot of them. I had bad snaps, he said. But I had good snapping.
His point is that stuff happens. How someone responds in those moments ultimately determines what type of leader - or quarterback -- he will be.
Ben Leard didnt rip his chinstrap off, slap his mouthpiece out, or hammer his arms to his side like my 4-year-old does when he doesns not catching a ground ball in t-ball when I had ill-time, if you ask him.
It should be noted that Cubelic isnt attacking the Auburn quarterback. He is simply pointing out a problem, as indicated by his reference to his 4-year-old.
To sum it all up, he continued, if youre going to act that way, act this way when you screw up because thats the part I dont understand. If youre going to act like a petulant child when your teammates let you down, act the same way when you let them down. Its only fair.
Check out the full interview here.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.