Louth manager Pete McGrath questioned his players' attitude after their eleven point loss to Carlow in the Leinster SFC first round match in Portlaoise on Sunday.
Louth entered the game seeking their first win in any competition since beating Kildare in the O'Byrne Cup in the first week of January.
McGrath's team lost every match in their Division 2 campaign, in which they scored a single goal and failed to get within six points of any of their opponents.
And their dismal form continued into this year's Leinster championship as they were demolished by Turlough O'Brien's resurgent Carlow side on a scoreline of 2-17 to 0-12 at the weekend.
Speaking on the Sunday Game afterwards, McGrath, who managed Down to All-Ireland titles in 1991 and 1994, said serious questions had to be asked about his players.
"That was so disappointing. In a game that for periods in the first half, we controlled and were playing very well, we just imploded in the second half.
"Whenever that happens in championship football, serious questions have to be asked about players and their attitude and their ambition and what they hope to achieve as individual players.
"In that second half today, I'm afraid it was very, very, very poor, very disappointing and exceptionally discouraging. "
"Serious questions have to be asked about players" pic.twitter.com/4wVcR3SI08— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) May 14, 2018