Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso is a man of few words.
He rather discuss his ethnicity -- Cuban dad, family in Colombia and Puerto Rico -- than the recent trade that brought him from the Eagles to Miami. But he nonetheless spoke with the South Florida media via conference call on Thursday.
He said he believes he's going to be used as Miami's inside (middle) linebacker although he has played outside in the past. He said he's healthy. He said he was surprised to be traded. He also talked about former college (Oregon) teammate and good friend Dion Jordan, who is still serving an NFL suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
This is everything he said:
(On whether the trade took him by surprise) – “Yeah, it definitely took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting it, but at the end of the day, it’s business. Football is football, and I look forward to playing there.”
(On how he feels physically) – “I feel great.”
(On whether he anticipates participating in the offseason program) – “Yeah, 100 percent.”
(On his level of confidence in having a productive season) – “I have all the confidence in the world in me. I know what I’m capable of, and I’m just looking forward to getting down to Miami and having a great year.”
(On whether he will play inside or outside linebacker) – “(I am) not exactly sure. I anticipate (playing) inside, but I feel comfortable anywhere in that (position).”
(On playing with DE Mario Williams and CB Byron Maxwell) – “I can tell you they’re both great players – Mario and Maxwell. Mario is a beast on that edge getting after the quarterback. And Maxwell is my kind of a corner and those are two things that you need in this league to have a good and successful defense.”
(On playing with DE Dion Jordan at Oregon) – “Dion, he’s one of my best friends. He’s a great player, a great guy. I talked to him recently. I hope everything works out with him and I look forward to possibly being his teammate. He’s a great player, so I’m definitely looking forward to playing with him.”
(On how hungry DE Dion Jordan is to play football again and what Jordan’s mental approach to the game is right now) – “I can only imagine. I fought through it and it sucks missing time like that. I bet he’s going to come back and have a chip on his shoulder.”
(On how he would describe his playing style) – “I feel like I’m a versatile linebacker. I can drop into coverage; I play the run. I feel like I can do a lot of different things, which is why I think I can carry any of the linebacker duties.”
(On how much his injury situation hurt him last year and if he feels that it is behind him) – “It’s definitely all behind me. I feel great. I don’t make excuses on my knee. I didn’t play very well, but that’s how it goes, and I just try to get better. But I feel great.”
(On why he was surprised by the trade) – “I think because I wasn’t thinking to myself ‘Oh, I’m probably going to get traded.’ I definitely wasn’t as surprised as the first time it happened (in Buffalo), because when it happened I was like ‘Oh, I guess anything can happen,’ because I had no idea I was going to be … I thought I was staying in Buffalo. But obviously, that’s that … (inaudible) … It just shows you that anything can happen.”
(On if he has talked to any Dolphins players since the trade happened) – “When I was down there yesterday I met a bunch of the players. A couple of players have reached out to me.”
(On if there were any Dolphins players he met in particular) – “Yes. I got to meet (C Mike) Pouncey. I had known him before. Obviously, I had played against him a few times in Buffalo and with the Eagles.”
(On if being traded to Miami appeals to him because of his Hispanic background) – “Yeah, for sure. As you said, I speak Spanish. My parents are Spanish. I’m definitely going to feel right at home.”
(On if he has any family in South Florida) – “Yeah, I have some cousins, some aunts, a great aunt. But most of my family lives in Puerto Rico and Colombia.”