Stephen Moore has issued a brutally honest assessment of the Reds, labelling Queensland "not good enough" to win Super Rugby games.
A shattered Moore did not want to take any false positives from the 43-10 loss, in which the Reds were battered 33-0 in the second half.
"Whilst we are doing some good stuff we are just not good enough at the moment to win games," the Reds skipper said.
"That is the black and white of it.
"We started poorly (in the second half), they scored two tries in the first few minutes, put us on the back foot and we didn't stick to our game from there."We didn't show enough fight in the second half, which is probably the most disappointing part.
"It's a pretty numb feeling to come here and lose like that."
Moore also drew some interesting comparisons to a rebuilding 2011 Brumbies team.
"It reminds me a lot of the Brumbies here in 2011 - a lot.
"Both on and off the field.
"That's a good example of how you can turn things around pretty quickly and these situations force you to look deeply at yourself and everything that you are doing within the club."The Brumbies won four games in 2011 before launching into a 10-win seventh place in 2012 and a Super Rugby final in 2013.
Through that period, Moore said he could see several similarities with the current state of the Reds.
"No one has been doing that more than 'Stilesy' - trying to find any way that we can to improve - every single piece of detail within the program," he said.
"That's really tough when we aren't getting results and that's why it's probably a bit numb."
While the comparison may in fact have merit, this squad has the talent, on paper, to win now.
No Reds fan would have taken a 1-6 start with the premise that good results lie ahead in the near future, had it been offered to them preseason.
The promise of better results in the near future have been a hollow chorus to several disappointing Reds seasons and they simply must beat the hapless Kings at Suncorp Stadium in a week's time if they are to remain in touch with the remainder of the Australian Conference.