#PackersDaily: Look for a bounce back from Eric Stokes

Packers cornerback Eric Stokes had a rough 2022 season even prior to ending up on injured reserve. Aaron expects a bounce back performance from Stokes in 2023. That and more in his chat with Packers fans worldwide.

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MooPack's picture

February 07, 2023 at 07:08 pm

Nags - "we don't try to keep you in the dark, especially for 4 days"
That's gold right there. Pure Gold.

I agree with your take on Stokes 100%. CB2 is always going to get picked on over CB1. Last year Stokes became CB1. Now that Jaire is back at CB1, what is an offense going to do? Go after CB2. That's just reality. You throw away from the better CB more often. You take more chances against the CB2 or CB3 etc. This isn't rocket science.

On top of that we have a DC that is not playing any of his DB's to their strengths. These guys are man-up, in your face, DB's with speed and quickness to stick with them and mirror the WR's moves. Not off the ball, try to anticipate where they are going, across the defensive quarters, hand off to the next guy types. Many have said that Stokes doesn't have the smarts or savvy or intelligence to recognize that type of defensive scheme. OK, fine. Then don't play him like he is. Let him do what I just said. Man-up. PLAY TO HIS STRENGTHS.

Unfortunately I don't think Barry is capable of recognizing that. He is a type of coach that believes in his fear based scheme of the big play. Fear trickles down. Players have fear of the big play your coach is propagating. Fear of disappointing him. Fear of disappointing the team. Fear is a dreadful mentality, especially on defense. I pray he gets healthy and returns fully. Then let the kid play aggressively and let him shine. Other DB's included.

I hope the next DB coach has a spine, but my anticipation is they will look for a "yes man".

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Mathew34's picture

February 07, 2023 at 08:44 pm

Hope he has a great comeback, I'm looking forward to this post-recovery performance

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Fubared's picture

February 07, 2023 at 10:35 pm

Too what. He didnt improve a lick in season two. He just does not have the ability to play corner, he avoids contact like the plague. How the hell Gutt found this gem is beyond me. Ya he has speed and size and no brain on how to use those assets without having to tackle

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PackyCheese500's picture

February 07, 2023 at 10:39 pm

Yet in Vikings-land, with their awful defense, 2022 Stokes would have been their CB1

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