Essendon coach John Worsfold has conceded his AFL side has no identity in the wake of their season-low loss to Carlton.
And in a sign of just how low the Bombers fortunes have dropped this season, he says the best thing to come from their stinking 13-point defeat is that his players might now know just how bad the team is.
Worsfold is set to drop underperforming players after Essendon became the first team to lose to the Blues this season.
Jake Stringer, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Darcy Parish are likely to come into the crosshairs after failing to impress on a dour day for the club.
Save for Devon Smith, who had 15 tackles, there were very few winners in red and black on Saturday.
The Bombers' clanger count of 54 threatened to overtake their final score.
"(We) see players that are making errors that maybe you don't expect from those players. Across the board," Worsfold said.
"That's one part of it. There's a lot of other things we're really disappointed in."
Worsfold said the positives were that "we're starting to build an understanding of the area that we have to get way better at".
"At the start of the year we thought we were pretty good at these areas. We now know we're miles off," he said.
Essendon have lost six of their last seven matches after a round-one defeat of minor premiers Adelaide.
In order to build a way out of their hole, Worsfold suggested he would throw the gauntlet down to his players.
"It's a great opportunity for us to work out what we want to stand for and what we want to be," he said.
"They haven't created something that people (who) look at this Essendon group and say 'this is who they are'.
"Last year we were, right or wrong ... reintegrating players back from suspension.
"We're in that position now ... to start to say 'who do we want to become'.
"It's not what I want them to stand for, it's really what they want to stand for and us as a collective."
Worsfold refused to identify key culprits in the loss but said players "making errors or looking frustrated or looking shaky with their skills" would find their spots in jeopardy.