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The Rise, and Fall of the Tampa-2 Defense As We Know It

Published by on June 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

History: The Tampa-2 defense has it's origins from "The Steel Curtain" days of the Steelers from the 1970's. In fact Tony Dungy was quoted saying "My philosophy is out of the 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers' playbook." In reality it came from head coach Chuck Knoll and defensive coordinator Bud Carson. I think one only has to look at all of the Steelers' Super Bowl wins during this period to see how effective it was. Carson was the one who introduced the idea of moving the middle linebacker into coverage, which became extremely effective with the addition of the very talented LB Jack Lambert.

No doubt Tony, who was assitant head coach, and the defensive coordinator for the Steelers at the time, seeing the success Bill Walsh was having in the '80s with the West Coast Offense, was working on ideas of how to beat it.

By the time Tony was named head coach in Tampa Bay in 1996, with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, he had come up with a plan to sh...

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