Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Kiko Alonso (50) looks to make a tackle during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Miami 19-0. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

In His New Role of Weakside Linebacker Will Kiko Alonso Flourish?


Kiko Alonso started off his career in Western New York in some obscurity since most fans didn’t know who he was despite playing for the PAC-12 powerhouse Oregon Ducks. After reading and watching videos about him they slowly learned that there was clearly talent there; however there were also some inherent risks in taking a player like him as he was arrested twice and had a torn ACL back in 2010.

Then the 2013 season happened where he came out like a mad man and racked up 159 total tackles last year with four interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble, thus “The Legend of Kiko Alonso” was born. While he had nothing short of an amazing rookie campaign; that being said sometimes he’d get lost in traffic so with a defensive change, a move weakside makes sense.

On the weakside, Kiko Alonso will be able to sniff out and shut down screen passes much easier if opposing teams want to test his skills. Also he will likely shut down his area of the field he will be responsible for which will include quick out routes by slot receivers and tight ends. With how aggressive he plays the ball, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if has more interceptions on the weakside then he did over the middle.

All and all, will the question will be asked by everyone is can he do as well as he did in his rookie season if not better? The answer is yes and no; no because most weakside linebackers will not get the number of tackles that middle linebackers get. Yes because he will be in open space much more, that’s where Kiko Alonso excels and he should at worst flush running backs and quarterbacks that break containment back inside where they will be met by Brandon Spikes.

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