Yeah you're right. It's like they always say...when a team loses it's starting center it just folds and has no fire and the QB usually starts throwing INT's while the tackles get beat for sacks all day long.
Every team has to deal with losing players, whether it's COVID or whatever. No excuses.
The average sports fans are borderline unhinged alcoholics I think you may be giving some people too much credit. All fanbases deal with this stuff. Even #1 had fans nitpicking and muttering under their breath after wins.