Originally Posted by rwalters31
I agree with all the needs. Where I differ in some degree is the DL and picks. The Tampa 2 had two 325 libers in the center to penetrate into the back field. This forces the plays to the outside where the DE, LB, and a very good safety excelled.
Actually, while this is believed in many places, the fact is that it's not true. Kiffen didn't have a pair of giant guys on the inside. Warren Sapp was about 305, and Anthony "Booger" McFarland slightly less. Chris Hovan was under 300, and Chartric Darby was barely 275. They only had one or two defensive lineman on the team during Kiffen's tenure that was much bigger than 300, and they weren't starters.
The Tampa 2 needs quick, upfield penetration. The 1-Technique is usually a little more stout than the 3-Technique because he's usually facing a double team on each play. But as they showed in Tampa, even that's not absolutely necessary.