Leading by example, taking on would-be tacklers, playing through injuries – Blue Bomber quarterbacks coach Buck Pierce probably sees a bit of himself in Matt Nichols.
“Every former quarterback looks at guys and says there’s a little bit of everybody in there,” Pierce said. “But Matt with his mental toughness and his competitiveness… those are the things I gravitate to, and we teach. To be successful… you have to have a bit of that grit in you.
“The good ones do.”
Nichols practised, Tuesday, despite missing the second half of Friday’s loss to Hamilton with a finger injury.
The 30-year-old is among the CFL’s leading passers in what has been a career season.
Pierce, who had his own injury-pocked career with B.C. and Winnipeg, likes how Nichols has added his feet as a weapon.
“A carpenter can never have enough tools,” is how Pierce put it. “So we keep putting more tools in there, and you sharpen the ones you have, and by the end of the season you have a lot of things to work with.
“That’s something he’s really taken to heart, and it’s helped us win games.”
A breakdown in protection caused Nichols to take a couple of big hits, Friday, something no coach wants to see.
“But we also can’t play a style of football where we’re worried about those kind of things,” Pierce said. “You’re going to clean yourself up and get out there and execute the next play.
“That’s who we are.”
Published at Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:27:16 -0400