About Brian Bower

Brian Bower

Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest on ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.   Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter.  Email him at bbower at russellstreetreport.com.

“We Will Announce When We Will Announce It”

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Sorry Ravens fans, the wait  continues regarding the release of the 2014 NFL schedule. On Monday, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy tweeted the following, much to the dismay of NFL fans everywhere: The league pushed the 2014 NFL draft back to May due to a “scheduling conflict” involving Radio City Musical Hall; however, it’s interesting to note an early report by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Schefter tweeted the following in February of 2013: Sounds like that scheduling conflict worked out well for 2014! Whatever the case may be, it allows Goodell and company...

Ravens Need to Get “Time” on Their Side

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The Baltimore Ravens had their fair share of ups and downs on both offense and defense in 2013. Having lost four games last season by three points or less, the Ravens have put a strong emphasis on improving the offense this offseason. The Ravens ranked 16th in the league in time of possession (TOP), averaging 30:21 on offense each game. This stat can be a tricky one and there is more to it than meets the eye, as the Ravens proved last season. Despite being in the middle of the...

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Joe Maese

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Some Ravens fans may have never heard of Joe Maese, while some may have simply forgotten, but Maese was the first ever long snapper drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. Selected in the 2001 NFL draft out of the University of New Mexico, Maese played four seasons in Baltimore. He was a key part of a successful kicking tandem that also featured the beloved Matt Stover and punters Kyle Richardson and later David Zastudil. Recently I had a chance to catch up with Joe and reminisce about his time as a...

Ravens Hoping to “Move Those Chains!”

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As the offseason began to unfold the Ravens front office made it clear that they wanted a “move-the-chains” type of receiver. Those sentiments were echoed by a few players. “That’s probably someone that we need on a consistent basis,” Torrey Smith stated in an interview with the teams’ website in February. “Another weapon like that is just another person that Joe [Flacco] can rely on.” In 2013, the Ravens logged 295 total first downs. Of those 295 first downs, 189 came on pass plays. Smith led the Ravens with 49...

Ravens Working to Put ’13 O-Woes Behind Them

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Success is never guaranteed in the NFL. Coaches can scheme and scheme but unless the players are put into a position to produce,  have a proper understanding of those schemes, and have the skill to execute perfectly, it’s all for naught. Transitioning an offense is never an easy task. The Ravens have dabbled in developing into more of a zone-blocking system over the past few years, yet lacked the proper player personnel and coaching staff to do so. 2014 should be different. In fact it has to be different. The...

Ravens Re-Sign Terrence Cody

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The Ravens wrapped up their Friday with the announcement that the organization re-signed unrestricted free agent Terrence Cody to a one-year deal. In what could be strictly called a “depth” move for a Ravens, Cody will have a chance to show team officials they made the right choice in bringing back the former Alabama player. The Ravens selected Cody in the second round of the 2010 draft with the consensus that he would have a direct impact on their defensive line. Four years later they are still waiting and if...

Ravens Sign Running Back Justin Forsett

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Friday proved to be a busy day for the Ravens as in addition to officially announcing the acquisition of Owen Daniels, the team also announced the signing of running back Justin Forsett. As a journeyman running back, Forsett has played for four different teams – Seattle (2008-11), Indianapolis (2008), Houston (2012) and Jacksonville (2013) – in his six year NFL career prior to signing with the Ravens today. “I guess I have a chip on my shoulder the size of Texas that I wanna get of,” replied Forsett when asked...

Ravens Make Daniels Signing Official

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The Baltimore Ravens officially announced the signing of Owen Daniels on Friday afternoon after the veteran tight end passed his physical. “I have a ton of respect for the organization and the players here,” Daniels stated as one of the reasons Baltimore was the right choice for him. “The Ravens and Texans have had so many battles over the years and back and forth with it and I have been on the wrong side of it here in Baltimore and knowing what the organization is all about, was a big...

Looking at Potential Backup QB Options

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It’s no secret that the Ravens are looking to bring in competition for current backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor heading into the 2014 season. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly,” John Harbaugh told media members at the NFL owners meetings. “We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he feels that way, too. We feel like Tyrod’s best football is by far definitely in front...

Several Positions Open to Competition

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It appears as if the Ravens offseason motto is going to be “Competition”. Head coach John Harbaugh alluded to the possibility that some positions remain open for starting jobs in 2014 including the punter’s job. “Sam is our Punter and a really good one,” Harbaugh stated at this morning’s offensive football insight clinic. “It certainly doesn’t rule out the possibility of us bringing in someone to challenge him though.” Harbaugh added. Koch, who will turn 33 before the 2014 season has been mentioned as a possible cap casualty this offseason...

Harbaugh Plans to Get Tough

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Head coach John Harbaugh apparently is ready to get going even though the Ravens won’t open training camp for a few more months. Harbaugh recently told reporters at the NFL owners meetings that  “Our training camp this year will be more physical than it was last year.” “It’s going to be a tough, physical training camp. We’re going to wring everything we can out of every single second,” Harbaugh stated. Slow down there coach, as much as it sounds like a great idea, sadly tough, physical, training camps are a...

Brigance Brigade to Host 5.7K Family Fun Race

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Time to break out your running shoes or walking shoes for a great cause. Ravens Senior Advisor to Player Development O.J. Brigance is about to but he needs your help. On April 5, 2014, the Brigance Brigade Foundation, along with O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, are hosting their first annual Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K family fun run event. The event which will take place in the Canton section of Baltimore, Maryland with proceeds from the event going towards furthering the mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation, whose goal it is...

Getting to Know Jeremy Zuttah

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Having played in Tampa since he entered the league in 2008 as a third-round draft pick out of Rutgers, new Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah is excited to become a Baltimore Raven. Zuttah has a fond memory of the time he played here in 2010 as part of a visiting Buccaneers team. Though his squad lost to the Ravens 17-10 on that November Sunday, he found himself amazed by the energy level of the crowd. “I remember the defensive intros that day and the way the whole crowd went crazy when Ray...

Former Coach: Smith Will “Find Ways to Make Plays”

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First, there were the Denver Broncos fans that plastered “retirement starts now” billboards about Ray Lewis in 2012 all around their city. Even after the Ravens beat Denver, that trend continued in New England as Patriot fans did the same. The end result? Well, you don’t need me to tell you. Jump to 2013 when Ravens rookie Matt Elam mistakenly answered a question about the best way to cover Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson. “He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam stated. “He’s a big...

Are the Ravens Looking to Replace Tyrod Taylor?

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John Harbaugh served notice this morning at the owners meetings in Orlando that the Ravens will likely look for a backup quarterback – or one at least that will give Tyrod Taylor some competition. “Well, you know, Tyrod’s only got one year left on his contract,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly. We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he...

Bisciotti Excited to Have Steve Smith as a Raven

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Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti has to be giddy with excitement over the offseason moves his team has made thus far. Especially in free agency, and more specifically the free agent signing of wide receiver Steve Smith. Bisciotti met with reporters in Orlando yesterday and you could almost visualize the smile on his face when reading his words to BaltimoreRavens.com reporter Ryan Mink about the former Carolina Panther. “Steve Smith is the wild card. That’s an interesting addition to our team. Not only will he benefit Joe [Flacco], but I...

Ravens to Unveil Ray Lewis Statue During 2014 Season

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Johnny Unitas will have some company at M&T Bank Stadium this fall. During an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti announced the team will unveil a statue outside of the stadium in Unitas Plaza of legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. The Sun reported also included that Lewis has been a part of the process along the way and the statue will be constructed by sculptor Fred Kail, who did the famous Unitas statue as well. “He’s well into it,” Bisciotti said at the NFL owners meetings...

The NFL’s is The Wrong Shark Tank For Cuban

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These days the business and popularity of the NFL is at an all time high and with zero signs of slowing down any time soon despite what many critics including NBA team owner Mark Cuban think. Cuban openly opined about the NFL  and held back zero punches including how he thinks the NFL will ultimately lose its popularity due to it’s own greed. “I think the NFL is 10 years away from an implosion,” Cuban said Sunday evening via ESPN Dallas. “I’m just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get...

Ravens Acquire Center Zuttah From Tampa

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It appears as if the Ravens are done with the Gino Gradkowski experiment. On Sunday, The Baltimore Ravens officially announced the addition of center Jeremy Zuttah via a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We said at the beginning of the offseason that we would be adding quality players to our line and Jeremy fits that description,” Newsome said to the teams’ website. “We are getting a player who has started at both center and guard, and played well at each position. We’re excited to have him as a Raven and...

Should Flacco Be Doing More This Offseason?

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What is expected of today’s franchise quarterback in the NFL? In the modern age of paying quarterbacks an arm and a leg coupled with the notion that the league converted to a passing one, the expectations of signal callers are at an all time high. Lately, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finds himself once again in the crosshairs of a hot topic in Baltimore with fans and at least one member of the media. The issue at hand that has stirred debate is whether Flacco should be setting up practice sessions...