Found January 31, 2012 on Football Nation:
As dire as the 2011 season was for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was with the firing of Raheem Morris and the new beginnings of the Greg Schiano era at One Buc Place, it is hard to imagine that this once proud defensive franchise was sitting atop of the football world nearly a decade ago. The 2002 football season vaulted and validated a staunch defense many years in the making.  At the franchise core, head coach Tony Dungy and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin developed the likes of future hall of famers in Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Derrick Brooks. Prior to Dungy, the Bucs were only able to see greatness through their first head coach in John McKay and quarterback Doug Williams.  A Super Bowl was within their grasp in 1980, but no. 3 seeded Los Angeles Rams shut out the Bucs 9-0 thwarting their Lombardi dreams.  The next 16 seasons were miserable until complacent owner Hugh Culverhouse literally breathed his last in 1994.  When Malcolm Glazer and his sons took over the Buccaneer ...
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