The Packers just wasted a good chunk of Aaron Rodgers' prime, and they have no one but themselves to blame.

Since the franchise's Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers, Green Bay has had a disappointing run of things, including the famous collapse against the Seahawks in the 2014 NFC Championship game. The team, despite having a generational talent at quarterback, simply cannot find its way back to the Super Bowl.

A huge part of this failure was the floundering relationship between former head coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers, and this can be directly attributed to the front office. The relationship between the two continuously worsened, yet the team couldn't bear to fire the head coach. How did Green Bay not notice this? And if they did, why did they let it continue?

While the Matt LaFleur experiment is only just beginning at Lambeau Field, one can only wonder what would have been had McCarthy been fired years ago. 

From the recent years of losing records and the overtime heartbreak in Seattle from the 2014 season -- all could have been avoided if Green Bay had cut ties and ended the toxic relationship between McCarthy and Rodgers sooner.

Players like Rodgers don't come along often, and although he isn't showing any truly concerning signs of decline on the field, one can only think that many of the dominant 35-year-old's years in the league were lost to the McCarthy era. 

Green Bay is scrambling to repair the damages from McCarthy's time with the team in the attempt to salvage whatever years they have left with Rodgers, but the damage seems to already have been done.

The Packers are no longer the perpetual contenders they once were, being supplanted in the NFC by the Rams and Saints, and that's a reality the team will have to live with knowing it could have easily been avoided years ago.