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.

Ravens Secondary Needs Little Luck

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Giving up the big play has been a struggle for the Ravens secondary through four games this season. The piece-mealed unit of Dean Pees defensive backfield has certainly been responsible for many fans holding their breath every time an opposing quarterback drops back to pass. Heading into their week five game against the Colts, the Ravens and more importantly their secondary are facing their biggest test of the season — Andrew Luck and Indianapolis’s number one ranked offense. “It’s always a challenge, really, with all the quarterbacks. But there are...

Justin Forsett at Home in Baltimore

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After putting up a combined 1,328 rushing yards in 2013 it left many wondering just what happened to a Ravens run game that had been their calling card for many, many seasons. Some blamed the offensive line, some blamed the personnel while others tossed blame onto Jim Caldwell and asked for Juan Castillo’s head on a purple platter. Then there were those who placed blamed on all three. Count me among them… As we happily turned the page into 2014 eagerly awaiting the magic of the new “Running Back Whisperer”,...

Owen Daniels Hoping to Set Career Milestone

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Happy to be in Baltimore for the 2014 season, new Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has been heavily involved with the new offensive since his arrival this offseason. After playing in coordinator Gary Kubiak’s “tight end friendly” offense for several seasons in Houston with former current Raven tight end coach Brian Pariani, Daniels’ role has significantly increased after the Ravens lost Dennis Pitta for the season to a hip injury. Daniels has always been a team player regardless of what uniform he puts on, but as the Ravens head into...

Arthur Brown has gone M.I.A.

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Second-year linebacker Arthur Brown has gone missing in action. Earlier this offseason I had a chance to ask Ravens assistant general manger Eric DeCosta if drafting C.J. Mosley would result in Brown seeing even less playing time than he did in the 2013 season. His response? “Arthur Brown is going to make a huge jump and be a difference maker. A lot of people get frustrated by this but a lot of times guys don’t come out and play a lot as rookies. Arthur is explosive, aggressive, a little bit undersized,”...

Drama Aside Ravens in a Good Spot

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Despite the drama which prevailed for most of the first three weeks of the NFL season, the Ravens find themselves sitting with a 3-1 record at the quarter pole of the season. For all the gossip that has surrounded the Ravens organization it would have been easy for the players and Harbaugh to let the at times deafening background noise serve as a major distraction. But as Harbs alluded to today it was never an option. “I would have to say that I was impressed with it before all this...

Steve Smith Sr. Shows Former Mates What They Lost

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Steve Smith Sr. is a grown ass man. The electrifying veteran wideout is one of those NFL players that Ravens fans are all too familiar with, the one that you hate when he lines up against you but the one you cheer for when he joins you. Rewind to October 2006 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore when Smith Sr. was named simply Smith and was a member of the visiting Carolina Panthers. On that crisp fall day, Smith enjoyed a career day against the Ravens secondary, recording eight receptions...

Putting to Tackle Child Abuse

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Ed Block hosts annual mini golf event Saturday was a day of positives in the community as the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation held their annual mini-golf charity event in Perry Hall, Maryland. Each year, the Ed Block Foundation whose mission is dedicated to improving the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and ending the cycle of abuse, host a day of fun in the sun, in hopes of raising funds to support their cause. While their purpose is to raise awareness and prevention of child abuse, it’s also coupled...

Ravens Name Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award Winner

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The day started just like any other day for Ravens fan Ana María Schwartz Caballero, but little did she know that her weekend was about to get much more exciting. On Friday, Schwartz Caballero, an Associate Professor of Spanish and Second Language Education and Affiliate Faculty in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program at UMBC, was selected as the recipient of the 2014 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Ana María will be honored in an on field ceremony at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday prior to the start of the Ravens/ Panthers matchup....

Offense Excited About Running Game

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Through three weeks all signs are pointing upward for the Ravens revamped running game — and with good reason. As the Ravens’ 8th ranked rushing attack heads into Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers’ 27th ranked run defense, it has some players and coaches speaking volumes about the new and improved run game. “Absolutely. I think we’re really confident in our running game, and I definitely think that starts with our offensive line,” second-year fullback Kyle Juszczyk stated at the podium following practice on Wednesday. “They have done a great...

Dean Pees and His “Bend, Don’t Break” Style

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It isn’t a huge secret that Dean Pees defensive unit has long used the mantra of being a “bend but don’t break” style of defense. As the Ravens set their sights on the Carolina Panthers 20th ranked offense, the Ravens 16th ranked defense, especially the secondary, must find a way to stop quarterback Cam Newton and his 10th ranked passing offense. “First of all, [Cam Newton] has a cannon for an arm. And second of all, he’s a very athletic quarterback who – once he gets out of the pocket...

Monroe to Miss Several Weeks; Hurst Next Man Up

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On the bright side, the Ravens are sporting a 2-1 record entering Week 4. However, when it rains it pours, and it’s doing just that right now when it comes to the team’s offense and injuries. The O took another hit on Wednesday, as the Ravens announced that left tackle Eugene Monroe would miss some time after suffering a knee injury during the Week 3 win over the Browns that required minor surgery. It’s unknown at this time just how long Monroe will miss but it appears as if undrafted...

Don’t Look Now, But The Ravens Can Run The Ball

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Don’t look now but the Ravens can run the football. Much of the Ravens offseason was spent getting back to what Baltimore has usually done best on offense: running the football. The Lions hired Jim Caldwell to be their head coach, and that brought new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to town along with his run-friendly offense and through three weeks of the young season, the Ravens are back in the business of a successful run game. Entering week four, the Ravens, per NFL.com own the leagues eighth-best rushing mark. The...

Monroe Turns in Worst Performance of Young Season

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What in the world is going on with Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe? Monroe, who was re-signed to a new five-year contract this offseason was considered to be a strong point on the left side of the offensive line heading into 2014. Now it’s unclear which Monroe you’re going to get week in and week out. In Week 1 against the Bengals, Monroe received an overall grade of -2.4 (+2.1 pass blocking, -3.8 run blocking) from Pro Football Focus in 88 snaps against a stout Cincinnati defense. Appearing sluggish off the snap,...

Smith Sr. to Receive Stewart B. McKinney Award

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With the negative spotlight being on the Ravens over recent weeks (rightly so, unfortunately), it’s nice to finally see some positive news regarding one of Baltimore’s players. On Thursday, The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (“the Law Center”) will honor wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. with the Stewart B. McKinney Award for his commitment to advancing solutions that prevent and end homelessness. The Ravens’ newly-signed wideout, along with his wife, Angie, established the Steve Smith Family Foundation which champions the cause of the voiceless and fearful, envisioning an end to domestic...

Ravens Among Least Penalized Teams

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Far too often last season the Ravens drives were stalled or stymied on both sides of the football. Per NFL Penalty Stats Tracker, The Ravens were tied with the Houston Texans for the league’s sixth-most accepted infractions with 112 penalties in 2013. Heading into week three’s match-up with the Browns, the team will look to continue their upward trend of not “shooting themselves in the foot” when it comes to penalties. Through the first two games of 2014, the Ravens have committed just seven penalties enforced for 64 yards on the...

Ngata Ready for First Road Game of 2014

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The Baltimore Ravens hit the road for the first time this season when they play the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday in hopes of their second-straight victory over a division rival. The Ravens have always been successful when playing in Cleveland (10-5) but these aren’t necessarily the Browns of old and the Ravens should certainly expect a tightly contested matchup. Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata talked about the contest after practice on Wednesday. “Getting that confidence, for us, has been seeing how we do in a hostile environment,” Ngata...

Flacco and Offense Need a Spark

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Quarterback Joe Flacco certainly had Ravens fans cussing (and likely throwing things) at their televisions prior to halftime on Sunday. His clock management skills looked as if this was his first year in the NFL, ultimately costing his team valuable points and momentum. As Flacco and company set their sights on their first win of the young season, improvement is key. Losing two games at home certainly isn’t what they had in mind to start the 2014 season. So what is Flacco looking for on Thursday? “Improvement,” he explained after...

Suggs Revels in Steelers Rivalry

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Yes it’s Steelers week as the Baltimore Ravens enter week two of the young NFL season and trying to avoid starting out 0-2 in the AFC North division. Both the Ravens and Pittsburgh will take to the field on a short week and with all the happenings around the Castle in Owings Mills this week, they’re focus needs to be on Thursday night. The offense certainly can’t afford another slow start and the defense can’t succumb to the big plays late in the game as both sides on the football...

What Happens to the Running Game Without Rice?

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Time to turn the page and start a new chapter in the Ravens offensive backfield. Prior to the release of veteran running back Ray Rice yesterday, the team had prepared themselves to be without Rice for his two game suspension but certainly not beyond. With Rice now gone, the Ravens running back corp certainly has questions as they head into their second game of the season against Pittsburgh on Thursday. On Monday following practice, Harbaugh acknowledged that Pierce, Justin Forsett, and rookie draft pick Lorenzo Taliaferro would all see extended...

Player Reactions to Ray Rice’s Release

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Throngs of media gathered at the Ravens facility on Monday due to the release of Pro-Bowl running back Ray Rice, and rightly so. Head coach John Harbaugh addressed the media after practice on Monday alone. No front office brass was there alongside the Super Bowl winning coach. It was just him and the podium.   John Harbaugh “I have nothing but hope and goodwill for Ray and Janay and we’ll do whatever we can going forward to help them as they go forward and try to make the best of...