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Hall of Fame: Bucs’ dominant defense

Tampa 2 Dominance

For eight years, Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch formed the nucleus of a dominating defensive scheme in Tampa, created by Tony Dungy. Only once in eight straight seasons did the defense rank outside the top 10 in the NFL in either points allowed or yards allowed.

Season NFL rank in points allowed NFL rank in yards allowed

1996 eighth 11th

1997 second third

1998 fifth second

1999 third third

2000 seventh ninth

2001 eighth sixth

2002 first first

2003 fourth fifth

Ira Kaufman

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