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TMQ hoops it up

This week TMQ tackles the Tampa Two defense, then switches gears to its annual August analysis of all things roundball.

Updated: August 25, 2006, 10:14 AM ET
By Gregg Easterbrook | Special to Page 2

Last week's TMQ noted that NFL offensive philosophies, once distinctly different, have converged to the point that most teams use the same mish-mash of formations and tactics. This week we ask why all NFL defensive philosophies have not converged to the same tactics -- namely to the Tampa 2 defense, perfected by Tony Dungy. Last season, four clubs used the Tampa 2: Tampa, Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. They finished first, second, 11th and 30th in fewest yards allowed, and that No. 11 finish ...

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