Brian Baldinger played 13 season in the NFL as an offensive linemen with the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He is currently an analyst on the Thursday and Friday edition of Playbook and on NFL Total Access on the NFL Network.
Brian joined Ed and Steve to talk about the Ravens and other happenings around the NFL.
Steve asks: How the Ravens look?
Brian: They were challenged from the point of healthy bodies, but I thought they played really tough in Miami and had to fight to the last second so that was good coming off the game against Buffalo. They don’t have the same talent this year and Pitta is hurt. There is a lot of questions but
Ed: Offensive line just bad this year?
Brian: I think they want Gradkowski to be the starter. Don’t have a blocking TE, I think they are all trying to figure things out and I think that is what the Ravens do, they take a year to figure things out but stay good enough to make the postseason
Steve: What has Castillo changed?
Brian: They are trying to run zone stretch but that’s not the best for ray rice. He is a very strong and balanced runner who is good between the tackles especially if they has a tackle who cant seal back side and don’t have a blocking tight end but eventually they will find the plays that work.
Ed: think Steelers are done?
Brian: Yes, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Baltimore are better teams. Defensively they don’t have a take away this year. not anywhere near a type of Pittsburgh team we have seen
Steve: Do you resent anything as a player?
Brian: No, but what are their options? this is a great game and it teaches us everything we need to be a great man in this world. I understand they are trying to make the game safer and i refuse to look back and say the game is the reason for my issues. I refuse to but into the mentality that the blame is on the game and things were with held from us.