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Charles Tillman nabs NFC defensive player of the month

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There wasn’t much suspense about who would be the NFC defensive player of the month for October.

Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was named defensive player of the week twice during the month and Thursday brought the announcement that he’s been given the monthly honor as well. Tillman won his weekly prizes for an interception return for a touchdown against the Jaguars on Oct. 8 and again for helping to shut down Calvin Johnson during a win over the Lions on Oct. 22.

Tillman also returned an interception for a touchdown against the Cowboys on Oct. 1 to add to his sparkling month. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs returned interceptions for touchdowns in each of those games as well, making the two Bears the first teammates with interception returns for touchdowns in consecutive weeks.

It’s been a good run for the Bears defense as Tim Jennings, their other cornerback, won the NFC defensive player of the month award in September. That’s a big reason why the Bears are 6-1 and sitting in first place in the NFC North heading into Week Nine.

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12 Responses to “Charles Tillman nabs NFC defensive player of the month”
  1. opietaylor says: Nov 1, 2012 10:34 AM

    Way to go Peanut. Peppers, Briggs, Urlacher, Wright, take your pick for Def POTM November

  2. howiehandles says: Nov 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    Good player,and even better person.

  3. mialto says: Nov 1, 2012 10:54 AM

    Truly deserves it, talent on the field, a great person off the field, wish him much success!

    Also, we pray his Daughter is always doing well since she’s had heart troubles.

  4. h3min1230 says: Nov 1, 2012 11:13 AM

    One of my favorite DB’s in the league.

  5. bearzfan says: Nov 1, 2012 11:32 AM

    Now if the Bears D can shut down Aaron Rodgers and Packers, then the division will be won. Tough task though. Despite my loathing of the cheeseheads, they have a really tough team.

    Tough tests ahead with Houston and 49ers. Should be fun.

  6. thevelvetglove says: Nov 1, 2012 1:19 PM

    Urlacher is terrible, I’m being nice when I say he’s average, but he’s done. Lance Briggs is playing is rear off and should be a candidate for defensive player of the year. As should Tillman, who is the best corner in the league by far, no one is close, even a healthy Revis.

    Think of it this way, if Tillman played on the east coast or for the Cowboys he would be a household name.

  7. larryboodry says: Nov 1, 2012 2:21 PM

    Well-deserved, certainly no surprise, and probably not the last time he wins.

  8. chi01town says: Nov 1, 2012 4:23 PM

    THE CHAMP IS HERE!! Ladys an Gentelmen the CHICAGO BEARS IS IN THE BUILDING…. THE CHAMP IS HERE!!

  9. tokyomanblastersmom says: Nov 2, 2012 1:49 PM

    thevelvetglove says:
    Nov 1, 2012 1:19 PM
    Urlacher is terrible, I’m being nice when I say he’s average, but he’s done.
    ________________________________

    Are you even watching Bears games this year?

    What do you expect? For him to be out there flying around like some 20-year old converted free safety again? You want to see the Defensive MVP of the League again?

    Wake up.

    He missed training camp AND pre-season, and is rehabbing a knee — with each game he’s gotten noticeably better, faster to the ball, making more of an impact in the game. Closing gaps, excellent coverage in the middle of the field, getting off blocks, defending and tipping passes…

    That second Pick-6 of Briggs’ this year? Go back and watch that tape — that was ALL Urlacher, all the way — watch him separate the receiver from the ball on that play.

    No one is immune to the effects of age, but where Urlacher loses a step in his speed, sideline to sideline or otherwise, he MORE than makes up for it with his mere presence, his veteran instincts and savvy, leadership, reading offenses and calling out plays and coverages, motivating and holding team mates accountable, etc.

    Even at 85 or 90%, Urlacher is still better than 90% of the other players at his position.

    I agree with the rest of your comment, but in regard to the part about Urlacher – either you haven’t been paying attention over the last few games, you have some bias against Urlacher, or you just don’t know football.

  10. bearsfan4life says: Nov 2, 2012 2:24 PM

    Remember in training camp and preseason when the Bears defense was old? and too many of their stars were north of 30?

    haha!

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:26 AM

    bearsfan4life says: Nov 2, 2012 2:24 PM

    “Remember in training camp and preseason when the Bears defense was old? and too many of their stars were north of 30?”

    Yeah, the D looks terrific. But that offense behind Quitler isn’t contender caliber.

  12. larryboodry says: Nov 4, 2012 6:44 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:26 AM

    “Yeah, the D looks terrific. But that offense behind Quitler isn’t contender caliber.”

    Your ‘Quitler’ pun is getting old…Everyone but you knows Jay didn’t quit on the team…And the offense is fine…Three Cutler-to-Marshall TDs today, three Gould FGs, and Forte went over 100 yards with a TD. And before you whine it was only against TN, remember that had the offense simply ‘managed the game,’ you’d say they should have dominated.

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