Rambo teaching a thing or two

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

Ken-Yon is getting a taste of his potential post-playing days, and he hasn't found it bitter.

He spends the day standing on the football field, giving occasional instructions to a younger player and then hoping they heed what he tells them.

But the injured Stampeders receiver has become an important part of the team this week.

With newcomer Romby Bryant trying to get up to speed on the Stampeders' offence, Rambo has spent practice time working with him on the nuances of Henry Burris, et al.

In all, there will be only three full practices before the Stamps face the B.C. Lions tomorrow at McMahon Stadium with new players in the lineup.

"This is easier than teaching a kid," said Rambo, who is out for the year with a torn ACL.

"A professional has done everything and knows what you are talking about. He's been there and done it. With a kid, you have to go through step by step and explain everything in detail.

"I've tried to help him out. I'm here to help and let the new guys know how we run the routes, tell them what Hank is looking for.

"It's easy. Romby knows it all because he's played pro for a long time.

"But it's harder to say it than just do it. Telling the guys who know the CFL terminology, who have played for a while, it's easy to tell him how to do something.

"Everybody runs similar stuff throughout the CFL with just a few tweaks here and there."

Bryant appreciates the advice.

Although he has offensive co-ordinator George Cortez and receivers coach Pete Costanza working with him as well, Rambo offers a different viewpoint because he played the wideout spot to such great success, leading the CFL in yardage last season.

"He's showing me some of his tricks," said Bryant, who had more than 1,200 yards last season.

"There is a lot he can help with. I'm still not perfect. I'm not a rookie but there is a lot I can learn.

"Coming from Ken-Yon, he was the leading receiver last year, so it's good to have him. This is only my second year in the CFL.

"These are good guys, so it's not a surprise they are helping me."

Rambo is doing rehab right now but can move fine without crutches.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old vows to return next season when the Stamps may have a logjam of receivers if Bryant plays well and decides to stay in Calgary.

Even if Rambo was able to play right now, there is a good chance he would do everything possible to get the newcomer up to speed.

"I've never coached officially before, but it's been part of my career," Rambo said.

"You are always trying to help other players in what routes to run and that.

"Coaching goes into football in every aspect. Veterans know mostly everything there is to know at the position. It all goes into helping out the young guys."

If his career were to end today, Rambo isn't sure he would become a coach the following year the way former teammate Dave Dickenson did with the Stamps.

He probably sees himself more like former Stamps star Travis Moore, who took a few years away before returning to the CFL as an assistant with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"I've been playing football for a long time," Rambo said.

"When I'm done playing, I'm going to relax for a bit. I've been playing since 1987. It's been continuous. That's 21 years.

"After football, I'm going to relax for a while and see what else is out there."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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