Shanahan: Bacarri Rambo 'had an excellent game'

Shanahan: Bacarri Rambo 'had an excellent game'
October 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
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It appears that Bacarri Rambo has started to find his way out of the doghouse.

The rookie safety started the first two games of the season and played every defensive snap. He struggled and he went for four games without playing a single down on defense and was inactive for two games.

With Brandon Meriweather suspended and Reed Doughty sidelines with a concussion, Rambo was active against the Broncos and played 57 snaps on defense. His seven tackles were second on the team and he made no glaring mistakes.

“He had an excellent game . . . [He] took advantage of his opportunity,” said Mike Shanahan. "That’s what you want. You could see that he was a different player going out there tackling, more of a sense of urgency.”

But Rambo is not going to be handed back the starting job he held through training camp, all of the preseason games, and he first two games of this season. He’ll have to get it done on special teams first.

“You can tell that if he does get on special teams, if he works his way up to special teams, he’s going to play with a chip on his shoulder,” said Shanahan. “Sometimes it takes a guy not being up for a game or two to understand how important it is for him to play.”

“The thing I like about Bacarri is he stepped up and played at the level where he’ll get a chance to play again.”

So Rambo gets a chance at a chance to get a regular role on defense back. Sometimes that’s the best you can hope for.