Two-time All-Ireland winning captain Anthony Daly lamented Clare's lack of "fight" after their 18-point defeat to Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds.
A second successive double-digit defeat leaves Clare in a perilous position ahead of the final weekend of the Munster round robin.
They need to beat Cork at home and hope Limerick win or draw in Thurles to remain in the championship. Should the latter not happen, they will drawn into a points difference tussle with Cork and Limerick which they can not feasibly hope to win.
Clare co-manager Donal Moloney acknowledged he didn't have all the answers to explain the performance but Daly was dismayed by the team's lack of physicality.
"There's no hiding from what we saw out there," Daly said on The Sunday Game.
"Limerick just ran away from them at times and blew them out of it physicality. Even near the end, Limerick forwards hitting dunts on Clare backs and bursting out for the puckout.
Neil McManus says Clare "have been found out" and are "not at the level that Cork, Tipp or Limerick are". "There is no hiding from what we saw out there", agrees Anthony Daly. #GAA pic.twitter.com/poo56w7mnM— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) June 9, 2019
"And Clare backs allowing that to happen! I don't know where it's gone wrong this year.
"When we made the breakthrough, from that point and right through to 2002, and even 2006 when he played an All-Ireland semi-final against Kilkenny, those lads were always competitive.
"We took a few hidings before we got there and it took a long time to establish that bit of confidence but we were always competitive after that. But the will to fight seems to be gone out of that team."
Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, Moloney was relatively philosophical in the aftermath of the devastating defeat and stressed that the team are capable of turning things around in time for next weekend.
"We probably don't have all the answers right now as to what happened," he told RTÉ Sport.
"I suppose one of the obvious ones is that Limerick produced an excellent performance today and they were well ahead of us.
"In this Munster championship, some days, teams can beat anyone. Last year, we played them in the park (Cusack Park) and we were well ahead of them.
"But today they were streets ahead of us. Fair play to them, they put on a magnificent performance.
"We have to look at where we're going to get a performance out of for next weekend. And I think we will. We'll regroup pretty quickly. We've had two tough weekends after a really good first round. We have to plan for next week."
"The Championship is the place of truth. There's no excuses, and there are definitely no excuses when it comes to two weeks in a row," says @DonalOgC of Clare's second heavy defeat in a row #GAA pic.twitter.com/9eGxypNTIY— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) June 9, 2019
Clare's attack malfunctioned badly and they were absurdly reliant on Peter Duggan, who registered 0-11 of their total 0-13, nine of which came from frees and another from a sideline cut.
Moloney admits it's a concern but was quick to credit the Limerick defence.
"We have to look at why that was. Some of that is down to the Limerick defence. We had a couple of goal chances early on but Limerick were well ahead of us throughout the field today.
"We've turned things around with this team and we've pulled out big performances. We have to look at all the different factors we can control this week and ensure that we put together a performance that we're proud of next weekend."