“They’re becoming an irrelevant club. I love the fact that people are now getting riled up … because a lot of people aren’t talking about the Kangaroos, it’s almost like people don’t care.”
Friday’s loss has renewed pressure on coach Brad Scott and chief executive Ben Buckley.
But Carey has put the onus on the players to take responsibility for their miserable 1-4 start to the season.
“Look no further than the players,” he said.
“Don’t worry about looking at where the CEO lives or other things on the periphery of this footy club, the players have got to take ownership of how they’re performing.”
The two-time North Melbourne premiership captain singled out skipper Jack Ziebell for his “poor” six-disposal game and questioned the club’s off-season recruitment.
Jared Polec (Port Adelaide), Jasper Pittard (Port Adelaide), Aaron Hall (Gold Coast) and Dom Tyson (Melbourne) were brought to lift the Kangaroos back into the finals after finishing ninth last year.
But Carey argued they aren’t “exactly the Dusty Martins of the world” and suggested Polec, the biggest-name recruit of the crop, hadn’t been worth his hefty price tag thus far.
“Clearly on how he’s going this year, he’s (Polec) overpaid,” he said.
“There’s no doubt about that. Now do players sit around and talk about that? Can that cause harm in a club? Yes, it can. Is it (the case) at the Kangaroos? I don’t know.”