T.J. Weist has seen bad teams before.
Weist has seen teams that are 0-6 before.
The old Bill Parcells adage of you are what your record is applies most of the time, but how about this 0-6 UConn team, the last winless team in the American?
"This is not an 0-6 team," Weist said after Saturday's 41-16 loss to Cincinnati. "The character, the energy and the effort it is not an 0-6 team. This game demands that you put it together on the football field as a team and you have to remember that."
UConn may not be 0-6 with its talent and ability, but it has certainly earned its 0-6 record. UConn has some talent, not the overwhelming amount oozing out of the roster, but there are players on the Huskies' roster capable. UConn has run some good offensive designs and shown a lot of development in the passing game this year and the coaching staff has them motivated and in position.
What is it coming down to is a performance issue. It's about the performance, or, players making plays. Football is a chess match with athletic variables.
Right now, the mind and the body aren't in sync.
"At times we put it together. When we don't have breakdowns, we can move the football down the field," Weist said. "This game is about being able to recover, being able to adapt."
The Huskies aren't able to recover or adapt. In every loss this season, which means every game, the offense has given up either a direct turnover for a touchdown or a turnover deep into the red zone. Trailing 14-3 on Saturday Tim Boyle threw a ball to his top target, Geremy Davis, on an out. The ball was high, and a leaping Davis tipped it in the air and it was intercepted by Devin Drane and returned inside the 5-yard line. Brendan Kay plunged in from a yard out and just like that it was 21-3. After a three-and-out, Cincinnati made a play with Kay throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass. That was 27-3.
"(Davis) has to pull that ball down throwing it to his left," Weist said. "He has to pull it down."
Davis agreed with the notion.
"I got to make that play," Davis said. " I am putting that on me. We have a freshman quarterback, i have to do my best to make him feel comfortable."
Davis is one of the few guys making plays on the team. He had eight catches for 140 yards, but still is out of the end zone.
Connecticut quarterback Tim Boyle (14) is sacked by Cincinnati linebacker Nick Temple (43) in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 41-16. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Deshon Foxx had five catches for 51 yards and Shakim Phillips, at half speed, three catches for 38. It was better, but still the offense only scored 10 points again. The second half touchdown from Max DeLorenzo was the first second half points for the offense in 20 drives and three games.
Davis believes there is ability on the roster, it just isn't ripe just yet.
"I think it's flashes out there, but you see it only once in awhile," Davis said. "I see the talent we have and see them make plays."
Weist put it more simply and this is what's plaguing the Huskies.
"We got too many good athletes and playmakers that we just got to get to play better," Weist said.
Easier said than done.
* Gus Cruz has a cardiovascular issue that the medical staff is working through. He didn't make the trip and Tyler Samra started at RG. The issue isn't life-threatening. He was feeling short of breath while playing, but didn't have any pain in his chest.
*Max DeLorenzo had his first career touchdown and was the most effective running back with six carries for 46 yards. For the second straight week Weist said he wished he had more patience in the running game.
* Tim Boyle passed for 310 yards, but had three interceptions. He was also sacked eight times as the offensive line reverted to previous form. Boyle had more touch on this throws and less accuracy issues, though he did under throw some balls. He looks and feels comfortable playing.
What's his biggest adjustment?
"The speed of the game,how defenses disguise their coverages. Practice looks great, but nothing compares to the game. I need to get more accustomed to speed of game and going through progressions faster. The protection doesn't hold up that long, anywhere you go to Alabama, LSU and anywhere. I have to do my job faster."
* The Huskies didn't bring Taylor Mack or Graham Stewart as they sat out with injuries. Ryan Donohue dressed but didn't play with Marquise Vann starting. Vann had a 40-ayrd touchdown return off a fumble recovery.
* Chad Christen missed another field goal, 47 yards, and is 0-and-5 this season from 40 yards or more.