Former Green Bay Packers Super Bowl champion Mark Chmura believes Aaron Rodgers got Mike McCarthy fired and that the quarterback won’t come out of it looking good.
McCarthy’s near 13-year tenure as Packers head coach came to an end following his side’s disappointing 20-17 loss to the struggling Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
It meant while the Packers, who have now lost six of their last seven games, were still not mathematically eliminated from a potential wild card spot, they were now 4-7-1 in what has been a very disappointing season so far, with the team even more likely to miss out on the postseason for the second year in a row.
Following the game, McCarthy, who was the betting favorite to be the next NFL coach to get fired, responded to how Green Bay would move forward.
“I’ve never been in this spot,” the 55-year-old said. “I’m not going to act like I know what the hell I’m going to do tomorrow when they (the players) get in here. We’re going to do what we always do: We’re going to represent the Packers the right way. I know that.”
However, McCarthy won’t be getting a chance to do that as he was fired a couple of hours after the game and will now be replaced by offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who will serve as the interim head coach.
“The 2018 season has not lived up to the expectations and standards of the Green Bay Packers,” Packers team president and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “As a result, I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach, effective immediately. Mike has been a terrific head coach and leader of the Packers for 13 seasons, during which time we experienced a great deal of success on and off the field.”
“We want to thank Mike, his wife, Jessica, and the rest of the McCarthy family for all that they have done for the Packers and the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. We will immediately begin the process of selecting the next head coach of the Green Bay Packers.”
Chmura responded to the news by pointing the finger at Rodgers.
The 34-year-old reportedly clashed with McCarthy over the team’s offense on more than one occasion this season, and with the team’s results over the last few games, tensions were said to be rising between the duo. And Chmura believes the reputation of Rodgers will be affected by this latest development.
“Aaron is not going to come out of this looking good. Aaron might be happy but Aaron to me, looks like the primadonna basketball player in the NBA that wants his coach fired,” Chmura told WTMJ. “There were rumblings last week… that Aaron Rodgers is difficult to coach. … I don’t think he’s coming out of this looking good. He got his coach fired.”
Chmura even went on to add that the Packers didn’t want to play against the Cardinals in what he describes as one of the most embarrassing losses in recent history.
“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,” he added. “… That team quit. They quit. They didn’t even want to play today.”
McCarthy’s job status was insecure for a while, but many expected him to at least last the season. One thing that’s for sure, is it will be interesting to see how Rodgers publicly reacts to the news.
McCarthy though, responded to his dismissal with nothing but praise for the Packers organization and how proud he was to be a part of it.
He leaves with a Super Bowl championship to his resume and a regular season record of 125-77-2 as Packers head coach.