Right or wrong, the Chip Kelly era in Philadelphia negatively framed the careers of a few veterans and promising young players.
One of them in desperate need of a solid season elsewhere is Kiko Alonso, the former Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate and second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills. Alonso was traded to the Eagles after missing the previous season with a torn ACL and played in 11 games last year, registering 30 tackles and an interception. Where a seasoned observer might think that Alonso simply needed more time to recover from the ACL and build his strength back up, others allowed the young linebacker to get washed into a narrative about Chip Kelly players.
Thankfully, Alonso is getting a good early review in Miami. He was traded again this offseason along with cornerback Byron Maxwell.
Misi added: "I've actually trained with Kiko a couple of times this offseason already. He seems like a good guy. It's going to be nice to have him out there on the field with us and hopefully we can do some big things."
While we're a month away from full-blown hyperbole season, where every player is in the best shape of his life and poised to have the greatest season ever, it's interesting to see a player like Alonso getting a fresh start elsewhere.
Misi wasn't exactly layering on the praise, saying that Alonso was fast and a good guy. But for once, expectations might be reasonable for him.