The Tampa Two Era Is Over In The NFL

Posted: 25th November 2009 by Tom Grant in NFL
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In 1996 Tony Dungy took over the much maligned Tampa Bay Buccuners franchise, bringing with him Monte Kiffin as a defensive coordinater. The results was one of the most explosive and dominating defenses of the era. Under Dungy and later Jon Gruden, the Tampa 2 defense took over the NFL in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Tampa Two, or the Cover Two defense, is a zone defense that is based around a bend but don't break idea. The zone defense allows defenders to keep everything in front of them and to prevent big plays. Short passes and short gains are a fact of life in the Cover 2 and the one thing that this defense cannot allow is yards after catch or after contact. As a result, one of the basic skills of a linebacker or defensive back in the Tampa 2 is near perfect tackling. Anothe ...

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