Inside The Bills

Kiko poised for future leadership

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2013 – 8:45 am

The Bills have a handful of promising young players on the roster, that not only offer ability, but more importantly the kind of professional approach to the game that Doug Marrone is looking for in all of his players. That’s why Kiko Alonso is poised to become a defensive leader on this team sooner rather than later.

“He’s one of the first guys here in the morning and one of the last guys to leave,” said Marrone of Alonso. “He’s probably as a rookie more in tune with his body and getting it ready to play than really anyone I’ve around and I am not exaggerating that. That’s what he does. What you see with him, is what he talk about. Don’t confuse effort with results. With him, you see effort, and you see results.”

Marrone further explained how the professional decisions that Alonso makes with his body so he can continue to perform and putting the time in to study have been instrumental in making him an impact player early in his career.

“You look at him here in the morning even before we work out, here early taking care of his body. And that’s sometimes what we talk about being a pro,” Marrone said. “A lot of times it’s, ‘Hey, can I sleep little bit later? Can I get out of here a little bit earlier?’ And part of what being a pro is about is being in tune with that.

“Being able to take care of your body. Did the trainer tell you to come in early? No. Did the trainer say to stay after and take care of your body? No. Is it an injury? No. But it’s maintenance and knowing who you are. And I think that’s excellent (with Alonso). And when you can get that, with someone that young, that has the ability to influence and his leadership obviously, will increase because of the way he plays on the field and we’ll look towards that as we grow and move into the next step with him.”

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