That hasn't happened for Weis or for Heaps, though Weis has been careful to protect Heaps and point out drops and bad routes and other shortcomings from the receivers.
Kansas is ranked last in the Big 12 in passing, total and scoring offense. If it ends that way, it would be the second straight season the Jayhawks have finished last in arguably the three strongest indicators of a team's success in the conference.
Yet Weis had been renowned for his offensive accomplishments as the coordinator with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. He helped the Patriots win Super Bowls and in one season with the Chiefs engineered a six-win turnaround and an offense that ranked No. 1 in rushing, 11 in scoring and 9 in total offense.
Then again, Weis returned to college in 2011 and the Florida Gators were No. 105 in total offense, 89 in passing, 73 in rushing and 71 in scoring, though against SEC opponents that ranked Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 18, 28, 58 and 81 in total defense.
"I know Coach Weis for him being the great offensive coordinator he is and the great quarterback coach he is, and now being here last year and seeing it for myself, it couldn't be more true," Heaps said. "Despite having a rough year passing (in 2012) and being one of the worst teams in the leagues in passing, it wasn't because of the system."
Crist transferred to Kansas to play his final season last year after tearing his right ACL in 2009 and rupturing his patella tendon in his left knee a year later.
He gave way to Michael Cummings as an option quarterback by the middle of the season. The Jayhawks then framed their offense around that.
"You don't know what's going to happen when the real bullets start flying, and I think that we all saw - Dayne admittedly, too; he's one of my favorite people of all time - he wasn't playing with a lot of confidence, wasn't playing with that air about him, that, 'I'm not worrying about my knees, I'm just going to go ahead and let it go,' " Weis said.
Unable to lean on Crist and what he knew about Weis' offense from their time at Notre Dame and unable to throw with Cummings, Kansas turned into a running offense and was quite good at it, finishing No. 52 nationally, but probably leading the country in tactics.
Heaps hadn't transferred to Kansas to hand the ball off, but what he witnessed last season let him know he made the right decision.
"I got to see how great of a play-caller he was by the fact that everyone and their dog knew we were going to run the football and he came up with a strategy every week, he changed things up and he threw people off and he did that with the run game in mind," Heaps said.
"It was just really fun to see that and to see him coaching and knowing what his strength and weaknesses are and going for it."
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