FWIW, from my perspective, I don't think a legitimate news source or something of the like has to exist as "news from straight news from sober people". I'm typing this and I now see that a few others have commented on this matter as well, so it's sort of summed up already, what I/we think he meant (i.e. I don't think he meant that "this is just a blog" by stating that this place does differs in may ways from a typical "news"/media outlet).
"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."