Their captain Matt Moylan left over summer and was soon joined out the door by Bryce Cartwright.
Tyrone Peachey then announced he was on his way in 2019 amid rumours Gus Gould had stepped in as some sort of coaching mentor to Anthony Griffin.
Josh Mansour was supposedly unhappy and looking around and our very own Lurker threw further petrol on the fire by suggesting Reagan Campbell-Gillard was another eyeing the exit.
Penrith was a club in crisis, right?
Well, not on the strength of what they showed before 21,506 fans against western Sydney rivals Parramatta at Panthers Stadium on Sunday.
Down 14-0 after a dreadful start, Penrith put on 24 unanswered points to come away comfortable victors
If this is what a dose of drama does for a club, spread some around to the eight first-round losers.
“I don’t read the newspapers,” Griffin said when asked about all the negative headlines.
“I don’t write that stuff. I don’t know what you’ll say now.
“From our point of view, the club’s in a really good place.
“We were under a real avalanche there in the first half and we showed a lot of character to hang in there.
“We’re really confident in our guys and how fit they are and how tough they are and I think they showed that today.”
Asked about reports Gould had taken over some of the coaching duties, Griffin said with a shrug of the shoulders: “To be honest I don’t really think that much about it. I’m not trying to bore you with that.
“I just get on with what I do and we know what we do works as a club.
“How it gets reported I’ve got no control over, so I don’t make much of it.
“I never felt the need to do that (address the players about the rumours). I never felt the players needed to answer that question.”
Skipper Peter Wallace was equally unperturbed.
He said: “It’s all outside noise. It’s not coming from us. You guys report what you report and it’s got nothing to do with us.”
The sin-binning of Mitchell Moses in the 54th minute proved something of a turning point on a hot day in Sydney’s west.
The Panthers went two points in front from the ensuing penalty and then scored a converted try via Waqa Blake five minutes later to clear out to an eight-point lead.
That was always going to be a bridge too far for a Parramatta side that faltered badly in the heat.