Rambo's tackling a work in progress

Rambo's tackling a work in progress
August 22, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Bacarri Rambo remains a work in progress, particularly when it comes to his tackling, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday.

In the second quarter of the Redskins’ victory over the Steelers, Rambo whiffed in the open field on running back Jonathan Dwyer, who raced past the rookie for a 23-yard gain. Against the Titans, Rambo was the last line of the defense when running back Chris Johnson juked him en route to a 58-yard touchdown.

“I tell you what I do [like]: I like the way he shows up,” Haslett said. “He shows up four yards from the line of scrimmage, which is a great attribute for a free safety, to be that tight to the line of scrimmage on plays. Now, obviously, the tackling is a concern. But that’s something he’s willing to do and we’ve got to keep working at it”

Haslett added: “It’s not the will to tackle, it’s the angles that he’s got to come at. When he gets in line, he had a couple of bad angles. But I think he can correct that because it’s not that he doesn’t want to tackle. …He’s got to understand that we don’t care how he gets them down, he’s just got to get them down – grab tackles, wrap tackles, knife tackles.”

Haslett said the coaching staff had Rambo working on his tackling after practice on Wednesday.

“We went out and did it, about 15 minutes afterwards with other players,” Haslett said. “We gave him a bunch of air and space in between and he had to get a hold of the player … inside the box like the two he missed in the last two games.”

Rambo has been penciled in as the starter at free safety.