The Tampa Bay Buccaneers surprised everybody in 2007 when they took the NFC South division title and has continued to show that they still have life in them after an up and down past few seasons had convinced many that the glory days at Raymond James Stadium had ended.
One of the reasons that the team has remained relevant is that the defense has remained strong. The Bucs have kept with the Cover-2 after many teams have tried to return to an emphasis on pass rush after seeing the New York Giants win Super Bowl tickets with a return to an old favorite. The personnel are still best suited for the strong zone defense that can bend but not break.
If the strength of the team had been the offense and not the defense, the situation would be different. The St. Louis Rams are an example of what happens when a team refuses to change its offense. The club has fallen into a football depression and looks unlikely to snap out of it for years to come. Meanwhile, a defense, especially a defense built on speed, can remain effective for longer because the goal is to react and to create.
Sure, the Cover-2 tries to create turnovers, but it is reacting to the offense. As the NFL keeps moving toward quick passes, a defense based on quickness is bound to remain effective and in style for as long as the offense moves in that direction. This Bucs team has players like Tanard Jackson and Ronde Barber who are great tackles and get to the ball quickly. The font four has the run stoppers they nee din Chris Hovan and Jovan Haye and the linebackers to cover the middle of the layer of the defense in Derrick Brooks and Barrett Ruud.
The offense is not exactly going to blow anyone out of the water, but if they can avoid turning the ball over they should be fine. Earnest Graham and Warrick Dunn run behind a great line and Brian Griese has played well at quarterback after suffering through a season in Chicago.