Leeds’ title defence has fallen apart as the club has slumped to eight losses from its first 10 games of the season.
Carney, the former Hull, Wigan and Warrington winger, is unsure if the Rhinos have the pack to compete with the best sides this year.
“I have been effusive in my praise for Brett Delaney and how brave he is on the field. But the man is battered and bruised.
“I don’t think that’s a pack capable of dominating many teams in Super League. I don’t think it is and I think it’s being exposed this year.
“They’re still lacking and I think the issue is not the money that they’re spending in the salary cap, I do believe they’re spending the salary cap.”
The likes of forwards Elliot Minchella, Rob Mulhearn and Robbie Ward also left the club at the end of 2015.
Leeds host Hull FC at Headingley tonight.