By John Turney
Here are the selections, First-team left, Second-team right.
The running backs are interchangeable with the exception of Alstott. We ordered them this way, but reasonable people could argue that they could be ordered in another way.
The Buccaneer tradition is defense and they are stacked on this side of the ball.
Simeon Rice had a great season in 2002. Wally Chambers had a good season in 1979, his second as a 3-4 defensive end after really earning his bone fides as a defensive tackle for the Bears in the mid-1970s. Chambers had 46 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles for a total of 66. He had 5½ sacks and 43 pressures and forced seven fumbles. Chidi Ahanotu was very effective in 1997.
The premier position for the Bucs may be three-technique. Lee Roy Selmon played that spot in 1976, but got hurt. Sapp's 2000 season, which PFJ contends Sapp led the NFL in sacks could have been his best, but again, we go with his 1999 season when he was the Defensive Player of the Year. McCoy and Dotson had fine seasons in the years mentioned. McFarland is the only one here who was not a three-technique. He was the shade/1-technique and was a big help to Sapp.
|Lee Roy Selmon|
Johnson edged Richard "Batman" Wood who gets a Second-team spot. Wood had 2 picks, 2 fumbles recovered and had 17 tackles for loss. Scot Brantley was a worker, good run stuffer, but was usually not on the field
Outside linebacker is the other premier position
Hugh Green was another player who had three stellar seasons. We went with 1983, though the 1982 strike season may have been a hair better. In 1983 Green had 104 solo tackles and 20 assists for 124 total, 3.5 sacks, 7 stuffs, three forced fumbles, two interceptions that were both
Broderick Thomas was the Buc's only pure 3-4 rush backer they had in the 3-4 scheme and he only started one year (1990) in it.
Ronde Barber and John Lynch could have multiple seasons here, but we went with 2001 and 1999, respectively. Reavis was just too good a corner to leave off, even though he was there only a season. Talib was the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the year in 2011. Haddix picked off a lot off passes and scored with them. It was hard leaving off Ricky Reynold's 1991 season (and others) but he was a guy who covered well, didn't get challenged much, and didn't get tons of post-season honors but he was a quality corner. He, too, gets an honorable mention.
Mark Cotney was a Paul Zimmerman favorite, better against the run that the pass, he was an old-time hitter, not unlike Lynch.
The special teams were picked on the basis of mostly stats as