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.

Torrey Smith Dedicates Reading Oasis at Baltimore School

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Baltimore Ravens star wide receiver Torrey Smith has been a pillar of the Baltimore community since joining the Ravens in 2011. On Tuesday, Smith, who partnered with Scholastic Book Fairs, transformed a room at Dickey Hill Elementary and Middle School into a literary oasis. “Torrey’s Reading Oasis” was created as part of the charitable programming of the Torrey Smith Foundation and its focus on improving literacy in area schools. The Reading Oasis will serve 370 students at the school, providing access to age-appropriate books and a comfortable place to read. It...

Ravens Begin Contract Talks With Daryl Smith

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In what has been a wild week off the field for the Ravens organization, fans were treated to some good news by General Manager Ozzie Newsome. As the Ravens brass has been sorting through potential draft prospects at the NFL Combine, Newsome announced that the team has begun contract talks with veteran linebacker Daryl Smith. “Daryl did a great job for us,” Newsome said when he took the podium in Indianapolis.  “We have engaged in some conversations with his representative.” As I stated earlier this month in my article Ravens...

Ravens Should Work to Extend Torrey Smith Now!

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When Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome addressed the media to announce the contract extension for veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs, he left the door open of more possible extensions. When asked if the organization has started extension talks with other players already, Newsome responded. “Yes we have. Yes we have.” While Newsome never made mention of which players the Ravens have spoken with, one such player could be wide receiver and hometown favorite Torrey Smith. Smith, the former Maryland Terp, is set to become a free agent in 2015.  The Ravens’ number...

Will Sam Koch Still Run With The Pack in 2014?

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The Baltimore Ravens kicking game could face new challenges in the 2014 season. Taken for granted far too often, the punter plays a huge role in winning the battle for field position which in turn can mean the difference between winning and losing. Enter current Ravens punter Sam Koch. The Ravens selected Koch in the sixth-round of the 2006 NFL draft and the former Nebraska Cornhusker has been solid for the purple and black since day one. Koch, who currently owns the Ravens’ active consecutive games played streak, seeing action...

Ravens Ink Suggs to Four-Year Contract Extension

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The Baltimore Ravens made it official on Monday afternoon, as General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced at the Under Armour Performance Center that the team has inked veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs to a four-year contract extension. The word around league circles is that Suggs is due $12 million total this season, and $16 million in guaranteed money in the new deal. Suggs’ cap number for 2014 goes from $12.4 million to around a likely $7.8M. Suggs' deal has an $11M signing bonus. Base salaries (2014-18): $1M, $4M, $4.5M, $4M, $4M. Cap numbers: $7.8M,...

Not Likely Ravens Can Keep Art Jones, but One Can Hope

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Each offseason, NFL teams are faced with the same million dollar question: how can we afford to keep key players without sabotaging our salary cap situation? Such is the question the Ravens are facing with free agent defensive tackle/end Arthur Jones. Since joining the Ravens in 2010, Jones has grown before our eyes and quietly turned into a star. While it is likely Jones will get big money on the open market much like Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe did last offseason, can the Ravens really afford to let him...

Ravens Can’t Afford to Let Daryl Smith Walk

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This is the time of year when you can almost hear Ravens Senior Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty crunching numbers at his desk somewhere in the castle. For those unaware, it is Moriarty’s job to negotiate all of the Ravens’ player contracts, oversee salary cap administration, roster management and the day-to-day operations of the player personnel department. Needless to say, a daunting task of which the results can make or break the franchise for years to come. The Ravens have made no secret this offseason of their intentions...

Ravens Go Above and Beyond to Give Back

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On the football field, everything doesn’t always pan out the way the Baltimore Ravens would like; however, their determination to be one of the best teams in league is second to none. The same can be said for the organization and its players off the field as well. Throughout the course of the season and many times during the offseason, they strive to give back to the community whether it is here in Baltimore, in players’ hometowns, or even overseas. Some will say it’s the least they can do because...

Important Upcoming Dates on the Ravens’ Calendar

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While the players are enjoying some down time before getting back to their conditioning grind, the Ravens brass is quietly making its moves to improve the team before offseason activities begin. Here is a look at some key dates on the Ravens’ radar screen over the next few months:    Feb. 17: Teams can begin using franchise tag The Ravens have 14 UFA’s heading into 2014 including TE Dallas Clark, NT Terrence Cody, TE Ed Dickson, CB Corey Graham, DT Arthur Jones, WR Jacoby Jones, S James Ihedigbo, S Jeromy...

Time is Now for Ravens to Finally Get WR Position Right

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The hiring of Gary Kubiak will no doubt be one of the most highly talked about stories this offseason for the Ravens – and rightly so. It’s Kubiak’s job to find a way to right the Ravens’ offensive woes that were on full display throughout the 2013 season. While the former head coach has a long history of resurrecting stagnant running games, he also will be inheriting a wide receiver corps that struggled on more than one occasion last season. After the Ravens failed to make the postseason for the...

Defense Can’t Slip While Ravens Build New Offense

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Can the 2014 Baltimore Ravens improve their offense without sacrificing their defense? While the answer to that question remains unknown for now, one sure thing – after the whooping Seattle gave Denver in the Super Bowl – is that there is a still a firm place for defense in the ever-changing world of the NFL. As we all know the Ravens spent much of last offseason shoring up the defensive side of the football and this year the front office has made it clear they intend to do the same...

Ayanbadejo Drops Media Bomb

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Ahhh, “Big Game” week is here and once again anyone with a microphone will listen to anyone that wants to talk. In what has been a relatively quiet week between the two teams leading up to Sunday’s game, things took an odd turn on Tuesday when an ex-player made a stirring revelation about one of his former teams. On Tuesday, former Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens linebacker/special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo dropped a media week bomb during a FOX Sports podcast with former NFL linebacker Scott Fujita. The following statement was...

Finally Spagnuolo has an Official Role in Ravens Defense

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Finally the Ravens will have an official role for Steve Spagnuolo in 2014, as the team announced he will take over as the Ravens new secondary coach as well as being named the team’s assistant head coach. Spagnuolo, who spent 2013 as a “ senior defensive assistant” which by my guess is the equivalent to “run game coordinator” except on the defensive side of the ball is not really a shocking moving and in fact makes a great deal of sense. Spags and Harbaugh have a history together dating back to their days...

TE Coach Harman Out, Former Texans TE Coach Pariani In

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The Baltimore Sun has reported that Ravens tight ends coach Wade Harman will be replaced by former Houston Texans tight ends coach Brian Pariani, according to league sources. Pariani brings an impressive resume to Charm City, having coached former Ravens tight end and Hall-of-Famer Shannon Sharpe while with the Broncos as well as the Texans’ tight ends for eight seasons. As the Ravens prepare themselves for the ever tough chore of signing players, one player of key importance will be tight end Dennis Pitta. In Kubiak’s offensive system that will feature...

Will Rick Dennison Help Joe Flacco?

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The Ravens turned the page on 2013 on Monday with the announcement of the hirings of Gary Kubiak for their vacant offensive coordinator position and Rick Dennison as their quarterbacks coach. While Kubiak was a home run swing, the Ravens are also relying on Dennison’s history to help quarterback Joe Flacco rebound from an abysmal 2013 season. As we all know, Flacco is now looked at as the $120 million man and his feet are held to the fire when it comes to producing. The offensive line was horrid in...

Kubiak Named OC, Dennison QB Coach

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What a long strange trip its been!!! Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced on Monday afternoon the hiring of Gary Kubiak as the teams new offensive coordinator and Rick Dennison as the new quarterbacks coach. “We left no stone unturned in this search. We are excited about the result and cannot wait to get to work.” John Harbaugh stated. Harbaugh acknowledged that they looked closely at 30 or more people, college and pro since the process of finding an offensive coordinator began. It was said to have been a two-man...

It’s never easy, it’s never pretty, it’s John Harbaugh

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So many organizations around the NFL seek continuity day in and day out. The word “change” sends shivers of fear through people each and every day while some welcome change and view it as a positive step in achieving a goal or a belief. Lately it seems as if Ravens fans are on the fence about head coach John Harbaugh. The Ravens front man has been accused of being power hungry, not qualified, stubborn, and too devoted to his friends. I have even heard one person refer to Harb’s loyalty...

Think Extra Points Are Easy?

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Talks have begun swirling around the NFL about the possibility of removing extra points from the game after teams score touchdowns. Commissioner Roger Goodell recently told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network in order to keep the game “lively” they may entertain the notion of getting rid of it altogether. “The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said. “I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement.” Ahhh...

Linehan the Cure for What Ails Ravens Offense?

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Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported that the Ravens have interviewed former Lions offensive coodinator Scott Linehan for their vacant offensive coordinator position. For the past five seasons, Linehan has been the offensive coordinator in Detroit. Under his guidance, the Lions finished in the top-ten in the NFL in three out of those five seasons. The former coordinator was let go in Detroit when Jim Caldwell was hired as their head coach earlier this month. While it is a common practice whenever a new head coach takes over to...

Ravens Offense Must Stop Collecting Referees’ Laundry

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It’s no secret that the Ravens offense often struggled to convert on third downs throughout the 2013 season. Some failed conversions were due to the ineffective offensive line not being able to get enough push on short yardage situations for either Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce to move the chains. Some chances were lost when receivers inexplicably ran their routes a yard short of the markers. Whatever the reason, Joe Flacco and company managed to convert just 36.4% of third downs in 2013, converting 92 times on 253 attempts. Hindsight...