Daly Cherry-Evans believes he's still the man for the job but knows results will determine his fate as Queensland attempt to scupper NSW's first State of Origin clean sweep in 21 years.
The cumulative 76-6 scoreline has the Blues on record-setting pace as they look to complete the most one-sided series in history next Wednesday in Newcastle.
It's why captain Cherry-Evans understands questions are being asked about his tenure and his Queensland teammates' chances of a Kangaroos' call-up if this year's World Cup goes ahead.
But he's adamant he can steer the Maroons in the right direction as they look to avoid a rare 3-0 scoreline against a rampant Blues side the smells blood.
"These things only get talked about when you're losing ... the best I can do is play well with my teammates and hopefully put some of this talk at bay," he said.
"I get that everyone's talking about it, but I don't choose if I captain or not.
"I want to play for Queensland for as long as possible but we all know results have a lot to do with that.
"And (Australian coach Mal Meninga) has come out and said (Origin) plays a big part (in Kangaroos selection), so us losing three-nil isn't going to help many Queenslanders get in the side."
Cherry-Evans' underdog side shocked NSW in an upset series win last season but the Manly playmaker knows this current crop could fall out of favour if they are swept next week.
"I'm not sure who decides these black marks (for future selections) but nobody wants that on their resume, 3-0," he said.
"We're definitely aware of it and extremely proud to play for Queensland and you don't want to be involved in a whitewash.
"It's never been about (proving people wrong), but don't get me wrong I'll certainly use it as a bit of motivation to play better."
Queensland will enjoy the return of elusive fullback Kalyn Ponga, who pushes Valentine Holmes to the wing where he's proved so dangerous in previous Origin series.
Ben Hunt will start at hooker while Kurt Capewell will move to the backrow and allow the speedy Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to line up against a dominant Tom Trbojevic in the centres on debut.
Cherry-Evans only sees positives to those changes and thinks they can poke holes in a NSW line-up that has been forced into their changes through injury.
Penrith halves Nathan Clearly and Jarome Luai will both miss the clash, Brad Fittler turning to Mitchell Moses and Jack Wighton.
"I think a little bit," he said when asked if that change dents the Blues' attack.
"There's completely different players to the Panthers halves they've had the whole series, so there's a bit of work there for them to get done.
"We've got to get ourselves right first and part of that is planning for your opposition and trying to exploit certain players in certain parts of the field."