Manly players have been warned they cannot rely on Tom Trbojevic alone to fix their horror start to the season, after their NRL campaign sunk to a new low on Thursday night.
Trbojevic is due to return from a hamstring injury next Friday against the Warriors.
Sea Eagles fans will be desperately hoping he plays, but coach Des Hasler has made it clear he will not rush the superstar fullback.
The 34 points they have scored in the opening month is the lowest in the club's history, with the 156 points conceded a record high.
Thursday night's 46-6 thumping from Penrith was also their biggest ever loss at their spiritual home of Brookvale, where fan rumblings could be heard by the 20-minute mark.
"It's pretty disheartening looking around," Manly's Kieran Foran said.
"Right at this present moment it's hard to take. We certainly didn't see our season starting like this.
"We can't keep turning up and putting in performances like that. This club's better than that.
"Dessie's doing a phenomenal job preparing us each and every week. It's up to us to get the job done, we're just not doing that."
Trbojevic's return should at least have some impact.
He has played just one game since hurting his other hamstring in round six last year, at a time where Manly were pushing for a top-four spot.
Since that day last June, the Sea Eagles have won just three of 18 matches, conceding 40 points or more in seven of those games.
But Hasler and Foran have warned a return to form cannot solely fall on Trbojevic.
"There's not many players like Tommy Turbo," Foran said.
He'll certainly help our attack and he's a great communicator out there, he sees things before they happen.
"But he's also not going to fix 42 points which is what we've been leaking."
Foran meanwhile knows Manly must fix their starts.
They are yet to lead a match this year, and have let their completion rates drop to 50 per cent or lower at the midway point of the first half in the past two weeks.
"You would think it would be an easy thing to fix. We're professional footballers, first-grade footballers, and we're aware of what we need to change," Foran said.
"Especially when you're low on confidence you have to start games well to give yourself a chance to be in it."
In further bad news for the Sea Eagles, Morgan Boyle faces a one-game ban for a crusher tackle after already dislocating his shoulder in Thursday night's loss.
He joins fellow back-rowers Andrew Davey, Curtis Sironen and Haumole Olakau'atu in the casualty ward, while centre Moses Suli copped a knee to the back.