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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by jeanpierre Dennis Allen seems to have done to Pass Rusher OLB Hau'oli Kikaha what Seattle had done to TE Jimmy Graham... Before you hang DA here just remember who was lined up at CB on his side. ...

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Old 02-07-2016, 10:16 AM   #11
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Re: Hau'oli Kikaha 2015 Highlights

Originally Posted by jeanpierre View Post
Dennis Allen seems to have done to Pass Rusher OLB Hau'oli Kikaha what Seattle had done to TE Jimmy Graham...
Before you hang DA here just remember who was lined up at CB on his side.

Browner was either giving up a huge cushion or he was trying to jam as long as he could. Either way Browner always ended up in chase mode. Safeties had to babysit Browner and try to help Kikaha in run support. So DA had Kikaha more in a read and react mode than the attacking mode he started the season in. It worked for the most part. Injuries had their part but the fact browner was always in chase mode with his back to the play made him pretty much useless in run support.

I am sure DA knows Kikaha is best in attack mode and making plays behind the line. I think DA went back and used the same approach the pats did. Pats had the same injury issues at CB for a few games when Browner was there and Rob Ninkovich had to do the same thing when Browner was forced to play out on the edges.

Not having Keenan Lewis on the field had a huge effect on run support on that side and change the way the saints could use Kikaha. Some thing Rob Ryan could not wrap his head around. DA made the adjustments that was needed

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