2. The Baltimore Ravens need more out of Geno Stone
Geno Stone went from an All-Pro candidate with the Baltimore Ravens to one of the biggest liabilities on the defense. It is not a surprise, though, especially when you consider he is now playing out of position. Stone was playing free safety well when he had to fill in for Marcus Williams.
Now that he does not, and he has to play strong safety more often, things are not going as well. In the first nine weeks of the season, Geno Stone had an 88.9 PFF grade on defense. That was a 51.9 run defense grade and 90.5 in coverage. That is down to 47.5 overall, with a 35.6 run defense grade and a 53.5 coverage grade.
Stone went from a 17.9% missed tackle rate to 25.9%, and he went from a 48.6 passer rating allowed with six interceptions to a 103 rating allowed without a pick.
This is a drastic drop. The numbers show the story, and the tape matches; he has been bad in recent weeks. Marcus Williams left last week with a groin injury, so Stone may be asked to play more free safety in the coming weeks. Does the switch turn on, or do they eventually have to do something about him with this new role?