First-year UConn coach Bob Diaco, who has overseen the team's 1-5 start, is back to the grind after a bye week. The offense has been a mess and it's not clear a fix will happen this season. Which means there will be a lot of tinkering with a lot of younger players, and the hope is that this experience pays dividends in the future.
“We are in the R&D part," Diaco said, via SNY.com's John Silver "We haven’t rolled out our product line. You are watching it in open glass. It’s like a pharmaceutical company making medicine that is going to help people. It is research and development. Eventually we are going to roll out that product.”
Next up: East Carolina, who are 5-1 and atop the American Athletic Conference.
“There’s only so much time, you have,” Diaco said of trying to fix everything. “For everything you do, you take away from something else. For every individual period we are working on fundamentals, we are not working into fitting our system into the East Carolina offense,defense and special teams. ...
“We are not quite in a calendar year. We’ve been here 10 months talking about these things," the coach continued. "We have so much work to do. Everyday there is something else that comes up that needs to be addressed. I don’t have a timetable. That’s part of our program anyway. We are a developmental program. We believe in it and the development of our players. We want to improve the players in the five specific areas of development. Everyday it will be that way.”
And hopefully, it will all come together, sooner rather than later.
“The infrastructure here is strong, puzzle pieces are here,” Diaco said. “There is no immovable force… nothing here will be preventing us from becoming a championship program.”