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Defensive resurgence leading Bucs

Football Outsiders examines the resurgence of the Buccaneers' defense

Originally Published: December 6, 2008
By Doug Farrar | Football Outsiders

It took a decade to build the Tampa Bay defense that led the Bucs to a 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Former Stanford quarterback John Lynch was the first on board, drafted in the third round in 1993 to play safety. The big haul came in 1995, when defensive tackle Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks were taken in the first round. Cornerback Donnie Abraham, who tied for the league lead in interceptions in 1999, was a third-round choice in 1996, and ...

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