Tillman latest Bears Defender to be NFC player of the month
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter 9:23 a.m. CDT, November 1, 2012 Charles Tillman made it two-for-two for Chicago Bears cornerbacks when it comes to the monthly defensive award from the NFL.
Tillman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October after scoring two touchdowns and helping shut down Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson as the Bears were 4-0 in the month.
Fellow Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in September when he had four of his league-leading six interceptions. The Bears have now won the award in three of the last four months it has been handed out as defensive end Julius Peppers was selected as the winner in November 2011.
Tillman drew praise around the league when the Bears defeated the Lions 13-7 on Oct. 22 and Johnson was limited to a season-low three receptions for 34 yards. The performance came on “Monday Night Football” and Tillman added nine tackles, eight of them solos, with two pass breakups and two forced fumbles in the game. Tillman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the performance.
Tillman is sixth on the team in tackles with 38. He has two interceptions, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance last season.
Tillman sure has hell did derserve it.
It does tell you something about the Bears defense when you have won 3 out of the last 4 NFC defensive player of the month. Hopefully they can keep going and this won't be the last one awarded to the Bears defense..
I gotta say, being new to following the Bears comming into the season the Secondary for me was a question mark. I understood all the love for Peanut, but wasn't sold on Hayden, Jennings, Moore, or the Safteys. Wow, was I stupid wrong.
Perhaps I was just used to following Press Coverage Shut Down guys... Lol, lovin' what I've seen so far from the Bears. Call me impressed.
Peanut has made some really remarkable pass defends, and forcing fumbles? reduckulas. Jennings likewise has been so much better than I initially thought, he has such a nack for breaking to the ball. And, the Saftey's have been making it painful to throw in the middle as a cherry on top. Yeah, I think Conte could work on a little more "heads up" plays, but seriously I can feel the recievers grimacing everytime they break inside. That skinny post just got a lot skinnier.