[an error occurred while processing this directive]Defensive matchups
Safeties are usually bigger and better tacklers than cornerbacks, allowing for some run responsibilities. The strong safety lines up on the strong side of the formation.
Bucs Raiders
No. 47 John Lynch No. 36 Derrick Gibson
6-foot-2, 220 pounds 6-foot-2, 215 pounds
College: Stanford College: Florida State
Hometown: Solana Beach, Calif. Hometown: Miami
Years in league: 10 Years in league: 2
Salary: $1,000,000 Salary: $600,000
Backup: John Howell Backup: Anthony Dorsett

Somewhat of a quarterback on defense, expected to do everything from stop the run to drop back in pass coverage.
Bucs Raiders
No. 53 Shelton Quarles No. 58 Napoleon Harris
6-foot-1, 225 pounds 6-foot-2, 255 pounds
College: Vanderbilt College: Northwestern
Hometown: Whites Creek, Tenn. Hometown: Dixmoor, Ill.
Years in league: 6 Years in league: Rookie
Salary: $525,000 Salary: $470,000
Backup: Nate Webster Backup: Travian Smith

Often roams more of the field than the strong safety, though both will play deep in a two-deep zone, cutting the field in half. Can pick up backs or tight ends in man-to-man coverage.
Bucs Raiders
No. 34 Dexter Jackson No. 26 Rod Woodson
6-foot-1, 203 pounds 6-foot, 205 pounds
College: Florida State College: Purdue
Hometown: Quincy Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Years in league: 4 Years in league: 15
Salary: $563,000 Salary: $750,000
Backup: Jermaine Phillips Backup: Anthony Dorsett

Aligned roughly opposite the offense’s tight end. Tampa Bay’s excelled as a first-year starter, Oakland’s is a four-time Super Bowl champion.
Bucs Raiders
No. 51 Al Singleton No. 53 Bill Romanowski
6-foot-2, 228 pounds 6-foot-4, 245 pounds
College: Temple College: Boston College
Hometown: Irvington, NJ Hometown: Vernon, Conn.
Years in league: 6 Years in league: 15
Salary: $800,000 Salary: $750,000
Backup: Jack Golden Backup: Travian Smith

Begins opposite the side of the offense that does not have a tight end. Tampa Bay’s ends up all over the field, as evidenced by a team-leading 165 tackles.
Bucs Raiders
No. 55 Derrick Brooks No. 50 Eric Barton
6-foot, 235 pounds 6-foot-2, 245 pounds
College: Florida State College: Maryland
Hometown: Pensacola Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
Years in league: 8 Years in league: 4
Salary: $1,000,000 Salary: $450,000
Backup: Shelton Quarles Backup: Eric Johnson

Line up opposite wide receivers and prevent them from catching the ball. Tampa Bay’s veteran sealed the Super Bowl berth with an interception return for a touchdown in Philadelphia.
Bucs Raiders
No. 25 Brian Kelly No. 24 Charles Woodson
5-foot-11, 193 pounds 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
College: USC College: Michigan
Hometown: Aurora, Colo. Hometown: Fremont, Ohio
Years in league: 5 Years in league: 5
Salary: $525,000 Salary: $2,375,000
No. 20 Ronde Barber No. 20 Tory James
5-foot-10, 184 pounds 6-foot-2, 190 pounds
College: Virginia College: LSU
Hometown: Roanoke, Va. Hometown: Marrero, La.
Years in league: 6 Years in league: 7
Salary: $525,000 Salary: $2,250,000
Backups: Dwight Smith Backups: Clarence Love
Corey Ivy Terrence Shaw

Each team uses two tackles in the 4-3. One may line up directly across from center as a “nose” tackle. Oakland’s are bigger, one of Tampa Bay’s is unquestionably louder.
Bucs Raiders
No. 91 Chartric Darby No. 95 Sam Adams
6-foot, 270 pounds 6-foot-3, 330 pounds
College: South Carolina State College: Texas A&M
Hometown: North, S.C. Hometown: Houston
Years in league: 2 Years in league: 9
Salary: $300,000 Salary: $750,000
No. 99 Warren Sapp No. 97 John Parrella
6-foot-2, 303 pounds 6-foot-3, 300 pounds
College: Miami College: Nebraska
Hometown: Apopka Hometown: Topeka, Kan.
Years in league: 8 Years in league: 10
Salary: $5,250,000 Salary: $650,000
Backups: Ellis Wyms Backups: John Ioane
Buck Gurley Rod Coleman

Oakland and Tampa Bay run 4-3 defenses, meaning four linemen and three linebackers. The left end is frequently called on to rush the passer.
Bucs Raiders
No. 94 Greg Spires No. 99 DeLawrence Grant
6-foot-1, 265 pounds 6-foot-3, 280 pounds
College: Florida State College: Oregon State
Hometown: Cape Coral Hometown: Compton, Calif.
Years in league: 5 Years in league: 2
Salary: $525,000 Salary: $300,000
Backup: Ellis Wyms Backup: Kenyon Coleman

The assignment: sack the quarterback. No one in the NFC did it better than Tampa Bay’s, setting a record with five straight multiple-sack games.
Bucs Raiders
No. 97 Simeon Rice No. 91 Regan Upshaw
6-foot-5, 268 pounds 6-foot-4, 260 pounds
College: Illinois College: California
Hometown: Chicago Hometown: Los Angeles
Years in league: 7 Years in league: 7
Salary: $2,500,000 Salary: $1,450,000
Backup: Ron Warner Backup: Chris Cooper

The less he is used, the better a team’s offense is faring. But he can be an effective weapon in pinning another team’s offense far away from its end zone.
Bucs Raiders
No. 9 Tom Tupa No. 9 Shane Lechler
6-foot-4, 225 pounds 6-foot-2, 225 pounds
College: Ohio State College: Texas A&M
Hometown: Cleveland Hometown: East Bernard, Tex.
Years in league: 14 Years in league: 3
Salary: $750,000 Salary: $375,000
Capsules Compiled by John Schwarb
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