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Perspective on Sticking with the Tampa-2

there has been a lot of grumbling ever since the Alan Williams report that fans are sick of the "poor", "worthless", "___(fill in the blank)___" Tampa-2 scheme, and they are disappointed we're sticking with it.

so, i decided to break down where the Vikes landed in the defensive ranks over the last twelve years and put them out here for all to see. my original plan was to give my personal view on it in great detail, but i don't want to greatly sway the direction of this thread in one way or the other. i hope anyone who wants to join in the discussion will thoroughly consider this entire analysis, and not simply point to one or two years in an attempt to defend their viewpoint. we should welcome any opinions on either side of the debate -- a healthy argument is a good way to inform ourselves and consider every angle =)

one point i will objectively stress is that the Tampa-2 can be a successful scheme, provided you have the appropriate personnel who is willing to buy into what a knowledgeable coach is selling.

for this analysis, i took a look back at the six years we've been running the Tampa-2, compared to the six years prior to that when we weren't running it. i know these stats can be picked apart by way of personnel/coaching turnover, not taking the offense or injuries into account, only comparing the team to itself, etc etc... but this is simply intended to be a baseline comparison of our team not running the Tampa-2 vs running Tampa-2. i felt it was important to include both defensive yardage and scoring rankings to give a more detailed picture (please note the scoring table does not take FGs or return TDs into account):

Yardage

Year

Total Defense (yds)

Pass Def (total yds)

Rush Def (total yds)

2000

28th

29th

15th

2001

27th

17th

30th

2002

26th

29th

10th

2003

23rd

27th

17th

2004

28th

29th

21st

2005

21st

20th

19th

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Avg non-Tampa-2

26th

25th

19th

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2006

8th

31st

1st

2007

20th

32nd

1st

2008

6th

22nd

1st

2009

6th

19th

2nd

2010

8th

8th

9th

2011

21st

28th

11th

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Avg Tampa-2

12th

23rd

4th

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Scoring

Year

Total Points Allowed

Pass TDs Allowed

Rush TDs Allowed

2000

24th

17th

25th

2001

26th

7th

31st

2002

30th

32nd

17th

2003

23rd

6th

32nd

2004

26th

27th

21st

2005

19th

24th

18th

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Avg non-Tampa-2

25th

19th

24th

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2006

14th

4th

4th

2007

12th

15th

3rd

2008

13th

5th

6th

2009

10th

23rd

1st

2010

18th

21st

10th

2011

31st

32nd

6th

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Avg Tampa-2

16th

17th

5th

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whether the improvement in stats is coincidental or a direct correlation to the Tampa-2 switch is up to you to decide. feel free to draw your own conclusions and share any thoughts you may have in the comment section.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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