Charles Tillman raves about Calvin Johnson

AP

No cornerback has been more successful against Calvin Johnson than Chicago’s Charles Tillman, who held Megatron to 34 yards and 72 yards in two games last season, a season in which Johnson set a new NFL record for receiving yardage and averaged 133 yards a game when he wasn’t being covered by Tillman.

But Tillman isn’t gloating. Instead, Tillman told Detroit reporters that Johnson is “the best competitor in the game right now at the receiver position.”

“He’s so damn big. He’s like the LeBron James of wide receivers,” Tillman said. “He’s like that Madden character that you can create in the game. He’s tall, he’s fast, he can catch. He’s got quickness, he’s got the speed, he’s got the agility, the leaping ability, the extra boost. He’s 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10.”

So why did Johnson average 80 yards a game less against the Bears than he did against the rest of the league last season? Tillman said it was because the Bears’ defensive line wasn’t giving Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford enough time to find Johnson downfield.

“A lot of the plays that I’m able to make on Calvin have been because of my defensive line,” Tillman said. “If you take them out of the mix, I can’t do anything.”

That’s a modest answer, but Tillman deserves plenty of credit himself. Johnson is great, but Tillman has been great when covering Johnson.

43 responses to “Charles Tillman raves about Calvin Johnson

  1. @lionsmark09 –

    You are aware Tillman is at the back end of his career right? IF they form a rivalry, which I don’t believe will ever be one of the Nfls top, it won’t be because of the Johnson vs Tillman matchup…

  2. Lol Tillman should be more worried about AJ Green because when Green came into town.. Peanut looked like a lost soul.. Green made him look like a Joke

  3. 37-10 Chicago. the Lions will have to play too much defense in this game. Chicago (Tilman) are going to let that Transformer catch the ball and then take it away from him. The take aways and and points made on take aways will win this game for Chicago.

  4. Hey kids look at Charles Tillman for your role model not Richard Sherman, Adam Jones ect. This guy has always been a number 1 class act and a number one father. They need to do a football life story on him for those who don’t know his and his families story.

  5. Tillman is right – CJ is hands down the best WR in the game. He has a right to talk trash b/c he has shut down him who no one really shuts down, but instead he takes the high road. What a classy professional.

    Lions fan here looking forward to a big win on Sunday, and another great CJ / Tillman matchup. And Reggie Bush going long for 6!

  6. Chicago D ….doesn’t look the same under this regime …they gave up over 500 yards to Pitt. Offense…what’s an explosive offense like the Lions gonna do to them. Stafford is already better then Cutler and Lions secondary is much improved…Lions 30 Bears 23

  7. I love watching Tillman and Johnson going up against each other twice a year.
    Too bad most of the country ignored Tillman for years while guys like Urlacher and Briggs got all of the attention.

    Tillman has been a great player and a class act since day one.

  8. Don’t really follow Tillman, but what a great response. This shows real class and i feel as though this isnt the first time he’s said something that has made me really impresses with his character. Id want him on Buffalo and thats before considering his talent.

  9. “Tillman should be more worried about AJ Green because when Green came into town.Peanut looked like a lost soul.. Green made him look like a Joke”

    And yet Tillman had two picks, and who won the game?

    What was a joke, was the Bengals pissing the game away with bad timeouts and undisciplined play. Bengals being the Bengals. Some things never change.

  10. I’m a big Tillman fan, he plays like I would play if I had NFL talent, always punching out the ball. But, Revis held Johnson to 1 catch for 13 yards on 4 targets in 2010. I consider that more successful.

  11. Unfortunately the Bears beat the Bengals but after watching that game I am a fan of Tillman. He’s a heck of a player and seems like a good guy from other things I’ve seen and read about him.

  12. I absolutely cannot wait for this game…gonna be a great one! Lions are tied with the Bears on picks and only 3 fumble recoveries behind…everyone’s gonna have to guard the loaf!

  13. Lions fan here. My respect for Peanut continues to climb. Hopefully he and Calvin are both able to make some plays on Sunday, and they both stay healthy throughout their careers.

    It’s a great matchup to watch.

  14. Johnson vs. Tillman LOL you people need to put down the pipe. Tillman is heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel and Johnson just entered. Don’t have Tillman embarrass himself.

  15. Bengals are funny. My favorite play from the Bears WIN against the Bengals was watching the ball bounce off of AJ Green’s hands right into Tillman’s hands for an interception.

  16. Tillman is a class act, Sherman and Peterson get way to much attention and Tillman gets no credit. The guy has more forced fumbles in one season than 95% of all corners careers. Tillman, Forte and Gould are amoung the leagues most underrated players.

  17. moeman79 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:45 AM

    Hey kids look at Charles Tillman for your role model not Richard Sherman, Adam Jones ect. This guy has always been a number 1 class act and a number one father. They need to do a football life story on him for those who don’t know his and his families story.
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    I’ll pass, I love Tillman, but only insecure little boys are bothered by Sherman.

  18. northstarnic says: Sep 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    What a contrast with that loudmouth DB for the PEDhawks. Best DB in the game, Tillman.
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    lmao whatever helps you sleep at night, kid

  19. Peanut is (and has always been) a class act, and a true pro. He is humble to a fault, and a great family man.

    That said, the Bears defense as a whole needs to tighten up their pass coverage if they want to continue their Top 5 status from last year.

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 26, 2013 1:32 PM

    “Surprised he isn’t raving about Antonio Brown. Probably still in awe.”

    Brown’s cheap shot on a sliding Chris Conte at the end is what I’ll remember, not his meaningless stats in a game the Steelers lost by 17 points.

  21. larryb, I agree it was cheap, but it was hardly a “shot”. More like a tap. Not questioning Brown’s bad judgement, but I’m sure Conte is just fine. PS. Bears won, no need to complain anymore.

  22. Peanut is not even close to 100% with both knee and groin problems, but if the Bears can win the takeaway battle like they did against Pittsburgh then it won’t matter even if Stafford/Johnson come up big.

  23. @crownofthehelmet:

    Who’s complaining? I was just making my opinion known. A cheap shot is a cheap shot, regardless of who won the game.

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