Hau’oli Kikaha, Davis Tull’s move to Saints’ Jack position allows 2015 draft picks to focus on getting after quarterbacks _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Saints outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Hau’oli Kikaha is ready for whatever Dennis Allen asks him to do.

Kikaha, who spent Tuesday afternoon helping a large contingent of Saints hand out the Thanksgiving dinners they bought for under-served families in New Orleans, is taking the Saints’ change at defensive coordinator in stride.

“I’m just thankful to be a part of what we have,” Kikaha said. “I have faith in what we’re doing, and I’ll just keep my head down and keep grinding.”

Kikaha is content to leave the big picture — and any guesses at the impact Allen might have — up to the Saints’ decision-makers.

For Kikaha, the task remains the same.

“I’m not sure (how Allen might impact the defense), I haven’t been a part of this before,” Kikaha said. “It’s my first time, and I’m excited, as all rookies should be. … Now DA’s doing the coordinating, and I’m going whatever direction he says.”

Allen, who talked to every member of the Saints’ defense after his promotion, has spent most of the season focused on the secondary, but the front seven is very familiar with their new defensive coordinator.

During defensive meetings, every member of the staff spends time going over certain areas of the defense, so the Saints’ defense is already comfortable with Allen.

“Rob (Ryan) is a great coach, I’ll say that. I love Rob, he’s a great guy, very respectful, very hard-working,” Kikaha said. “Dennis Allen is the same thing. Respectful, honest, hard-working, and that’s all I can ask as a player of my coaches.”