Top 10 NFL Defenses of All Time: 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense has always been considered one of the greatest Defensive units of all time. They allowed just 12.2 points per game and 252.8 yards per game. These statistics rank as some of the best ever in the game of football.
Bleacher Report ran an article ranking the top 10 Defenses of all time and the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked 5th. According to bleacher report, “The ’02 Buccaneers were choked with talent at every level of the D. Led by Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp and end Simeon Rice (who paced the team with 15.5 sacks), the Buccaneers piled up 43 sacks in 2002—good for sixth overall. Linebacker Derrick Brooks (who also has a bust in Canton) spearheaded a run defense that limited opponents to the fifth-fewest yards on the ground.” Bleacher report is speaking the truth about having playmakers at every single level of the Defense.
The 2002 Defense were the biggest reason that the Bucs won the Super Bowl. The plays were made by the Defense when the game was on the line throughout the season. These plays included Ronde Barber pick 6 against Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game and Derrick Brooks Pick 6 late in the 4th quarter that sealed the deal on a Super Bowl victory for the Bucs. The Bucs victory in Super Bowl 37 was the icing on the cake for an incredible season and a historical Defense.