Former Packers star says Aaron Rodgers looks like ‘prima donna’ after Mike McCarthy firing

With all the tension between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy this season, it became pretty clear that one of them would have to go, and on Sunday, the Packers decided that person would be McCarthy

Although McCarthy is the one who got canned, Rodgers might end up being the one who looks the worst in this situation, at least according to former Packers tight end Mark Chmura. During an interview with ESPN Wisconsin on Sunday, Chmura said the entire situation makes Rodgers look like a "prima donna."

"Aaron's not going to come out of this looking good. Aaron might be happy, but Aaron, to me, looks like the prima donna basketball player in the NBA that wants his coach fired," Chmura said, via USA Today's FTW. 

Chmura, who played for Green Bay from 1993 to 1999 and was inducted into the Packers' Hall of Fame in 2010, believes that Rodgers flat out got McCarthy fired. 

"There were rumblings last week, because I listen to a lot of the national media, that were saying Aaron Rodgers is difficult to coach -- whether that's because he's smart or whatever the case may be," Chmura said. "He's not going to come out of this, he might be happy, but I don't think he comes out of this looking good. He got his coach fired."

If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that there had been tension between Rodgers and the coaching staff all season. On multiple occasions this year, Rodgers has used his postgame press conference to rip the play of the Packers' offense. Things arguably reached rock bottom on Sunday when Green Bay was only able to muster two offensive touchdowns during a stunning 20-17 loss to the Cardinals, who were just 2-9 on the season going into the game. 

Although the Packers ended up firing McCarthy, Chmura doesn't blame him for the loss to Arizona. According to the former Packers tight end, it's the players' fault, because they gave up on their coach. 

"That team quit. They quit. They didn't even want to play today," Chmura  said, via WTMJ.com. "This was, as long as I can remember, the most embarrassing loss the Packers have had since I've been a part of the organization and followed them."

With Rodgers wielding so much power in Green Bay, it will be interesting to see where the Packers turn to hire their next coach. As good as McCarthy was for nearly 13 seasons, the fact of the matter is that the Packers offense was starting to look stale, which means it wouldn't be shocking to see Green Bay go out and try to steal an innovative offensive coordinator from another team. 

Our Will Brinson made a list of seven potential candidates that the Packers should look to potentially hire and three of them just happen to fit that bill. You can check out Brinson's list by clicking here

The Packers host the Falcons in Week 14 (1 p.m. ET, Fox, stream on fuboTV, try for free).

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