Kiko Alonso must remain Dolphins defensive anchor
With the injuries mounting up, seemingly on a weekly basis, the burden increasingly falls on linebacker Kiko Alonso to be the anchor of the Miami Dolphins defense.
Luckily for them, he’s quite qualified.
“He’s got the most experience,” Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said. “He sets the tempo for everything.“
After recording 12 tackles against the Patriots, Alonso is second to only Indianapolis linebacker Darius Leonard as the league’s leading tacklers.
When asked if this season was the best start he’s ever had, Gase said his, “2016 start was pretty impressive.”
“He’s trying to be one of the guys on defense that’s making the plays and being a game-changer,” Gase said.
The Dolphins recently lost cornerback Bobby McCain for the next 2-3 weeks due to a knee injury suffered during Sunday’s 38-7 loss to the New England Patriots that spoiled their perfect streak. Safety Reshad Jones was also inactive for the previous two games. Against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3, the Dolphins lost defensive lineman William Hayes for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL after sacking Derek Carr. Linebacker Chad Allen also got injured during that game.
The Dolphins defensive depth will continually be tested as their schedule gets difficult with the Cincinnati Bengals on the road this coming Sunday and the surprisingly formidable Chicago Bears at home the week after. As long as Alonso remains healthy, the Dolphins defense should be able to still give their offense a chance.
“He’s a pro,” Gase said. “He prepares the right way, practices the right way. Whatever he has on game day, he gives it all.”