Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 238 pounds, rookie inside linebacker Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills has taken pro football by storm. In 13 games so far, he has amassed 131 total tackles which puts him only eight behind the league leader in Vontaze Burfict, a second-year player for the Cincinnati Bengals. Besides the tackling force he has been, teams have stopped throwing the ball over the middle to their tight ends due to Alonso’s four interceptions that have resulted in two of their four victories.
Alonso doesn’t speak much as he lets actions on the field speak for themselves. If he were to be named a team captain in 2014 it wouldn’t shock any true Bills fan, but it would mean the press would go to him more for insight on a weekly basis. His game play suggests he would make an amazing captain, however it would be curious to see if he could lead by example and fire up the rest of the defense around him as often the middle or inside linebackers are considered the quarterback of the defense as they lead the huddle and also give out the play via the radio in their helmets. If Alonso is what Bills want to have in a linebacker under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine Jr. and they keep adding similar minded players, Alonso could still be the leader due to how quickly he absorbed the defense this year. He is likely to only get better as time goes on.
All in all, it should be interesting to see how Kiko Alonso finishes his 2013 campaign as it is likely to include some hardware.