After his frankly brilliant performance covering the best wide receiver in the whole of the NFL in Calvin Johnson, the Chicago Bears’ star corner back Charles Tillman was awarded the NFC defensive player of the week for the second time in three weeks.
Tillman is ageing like a fine wine and in my opinion is a lock for a second Probowl appearance. As a Bears fan I am genuinely happy that Tillman is finally getting the credit he has so richly deserved for years.
Brian Urlacher had said before the Monday night matchup with the Detroit Lions how lucky the Bears organisation was to have a cornerback such as Tillman to combat the big wide receivers of the league. He continued his praise after the game saying:
“I don’t know how he does it,” said Urlacher “I mean Calvin Johnson is a big, big-time receiver. Peanut is a big-time corner, but I don’t know how he does it. I’m glad he does. Glad he plays for us.”
Tillman is performing to such a high level this season, going about his business whilst being out shone by fellow CB Tim Jennings in the opening weeks of the season.
However rolling into week 8 against Cam Newton and the beleaguered Carolina Panthers, he has two interceptions (both for touchdowns), three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
One word of warning to all Bears’ fans and to Tillman as well. After the blowout victory against the Lions last season where Peanut again shut Johnson down, the next week he was made to look foolish at the hands of then San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson.
Having said that at the time the Bears defense was playing nowhere near the level it has through the first 7 weeks of the 2012 NFL regular season.
With the widely over used mantra from media outlets being that the Bears defense is getting old, it would seem that Tillman and the rest of the gang don’t care, aren’t listening and have torn up the memo .