Leeds interim coach Richard Agar admitted the club would deserve to be relegated from Super League if they finished bottom of the pile.
The Rhinos lost 36-10 against St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night.
Leeds sit joint bottom of the Super League table – just above Hull KR on points difference.
Agar commented: “We have not really spoken about relegation yet.
“The first time we mentioned it was in the changing rooms after the game. We control where we finish this year and we are near the finishing line.
“There is still a third of the season left to play and will be the ones who control it.
“We will control how we are judged this year. If it us who go down then it is us who deserve it.
“If we can’t control our finish this year then we deserve everything we get but that is definitely not the mindset and the mood of the players. The mood is a very determined one at the moment.”
Leeds captain Kallum Watkins will leave the club to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans on July 1.
The England international’s departure will free up a big chunk of the Rhinos’ salary cap, and Agar hinted the club are looking to bring in new faces.
He added: “As interim coach, recruitment is not something I get overly involved with.
“I get kept updated with a lot of movements and as is always the case with recruitment – whether it is this situation or all-year around – there are always plates spinning.
“The club are going to be losing Kallum Watkins so you would think that would open a little bit of space in the salary cap.
“But I think for us to bring someone in – it has got to be someone in the right position who is going to improve our team.”