Brisbane is a team under siege after a horror 30-12 loss to Gold Coast condemned the Broncos to their fifth straight defeat, with coach Anthony Seibold once again forced to answer questions over his future.
The home crowd turned on Brisbane as they left the field at halftime, booing the players as they trudged off trailing the Titans 22-0.
Seibold is in the second year of a five-year contract, but the board will have to act unless there’s a drastic turnaround in the coming weeks.
If the Bulldogs beat the Wests Tigers in the final match of round seven, the Broncos will fall to last place on the ladder.
“They can’t put a set of six together. It’s incredible how out of form they are,” tweeted Nine commentator Phil Gould.
“Pretty hard to explain what we’ve just seen.
“Broncos look like (a) team of strangers, thrown together yesterday to make up a team.
“Can’t believe it. Just awful.”
Coach Anthony Seibold was on the defensive after the loss, acknowledging that he may not see out his contract, even though a three-hour board meeting on Friday backed the under-fire coach.
“I’m trying to stay in the present, I’ve got a five year deal here,” he said.
“I think I’m the right person to try and bring this group through.
“But if the board think otherwise, or Paul White as CEO thinks otherwise, then they’ll tell me.”
The Broncos have lost their five matches since the COVID-19 shutdown by a combined margin of 170-42.
“I’m not looking over my shoulder, I’m trying to work as hard as I can,” Seibold said.
“I’ll get up and go again in the morning.
“It’s frustrating. It’s the first time I’ve lost five games in a row as a head coach.”
The match finished in farcical circumstances with Brisbane reduced to just 11 players after Corey Oates was sent to the sin bin, and Matt Lodge was forced off with injury even though the Broncos had no interchanges remaining.
“They finished the game with 11 men, you don’t make those mistakes as a coach if you’re thinking clearly,” league Immortal Mal Meninga said on Fox Sports.
“You’ve got clarity in what you’re doing.
“There’s some concerns there.
“There really was no effort. The Titans got off to a really good start but right through the whole game, there was bits and pieces where there was no effort from players.”
Broncos players are also under fire after they were seen laughing with Titans players immediately after the fulltime siren. Former Queensland and Australian representative Jharal Yow Yeh, who played for Brisbane before injury ended his career, was critical of the reaction.
“What I do as a player right now, instead of talking and laughing with my opponents after the game (is) go see the fans, say hello, wave at them, apologise,” he tweeted.
“Do whatever you gotta do to say sorry to the people that make this club!!”
Former State of Origin hooker Michael Ennis said the players reaction at fulltime was telling.
“It’s clearly not hurting enough, it’s clearly not hitting the mark,” Ennis said on Fox Sports.
“They’ve lost five games in a row, we talked about the fabric and the success of that club, and what it stood for, talk about the aura diminishing.
“It’s on show at the end of the performance.”