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Charles Tillman raves about Calvin Johnson

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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.

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43 Responses to “Charles Tillman raves about Calvin Johnson”
  1. lionsmark09 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:59 AM

    Very good response from Tillman. It will be a good match up. Lions – Bears will become one of the best rivalrys in the NFL mainly because of these two guys.

  2. monstersofthemidway545051 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:02 AM

    Tillman is a true pro. I hope while banged up he can keep up.

  3. straightcash844 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:13 AM

    @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…

  4. sjayem says: Sep 26, 2013 7:20 AM

    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

  5. chi01town says: Sep 26, 2013 7:35 AM

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. giftnthecurse says: Sep 26, 2013 7:55 AM

    Sounds like Megatron is due for a big game….

  8. cfballfan1 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:55 AM

    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!

  9. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 26, 2013 8:03 AM

    Nice to see a player give credit where credit is due. You taking notes Mr. Sherman?

  10. rmc1995 says: Sep 26, 2013 8:12 AM

    Rolling a safety and linebacker over to CJs side helped as well.

  11. Blackhawks5xchamps says: Sep 26, 2013 8:30 AM

    Tillman is the best corner in the league.

  12. rockbottom37 says: Sep 26, 2013 8:49 AM

    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

  13. jcutlerstoothygrin says: Sep 26, 2013 8:51 AM

    Megaton is so scared

  14. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Sep 26, 2013 9:02 AM

    What did he have to say about AJ?

  15. philtration says: Sep 26, 2013 9:06 AM

    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.

  16. billsfan1 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:10 AM

    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.

  17. howiehandles says: Sep 26, 2013 9:22 AM

    “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.

  18. revischrist16 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:29 AM

    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.

  19. jbeagles23 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:44 AM

    A humble db in the nfl? Who woulda thunk it?

  20. rutchaser says: Sep 26, 2013 9:48 AM

    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.

  21. chitown33 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:58 AM

    Why can’t you give credit to a first class pro! He not only gave credit to his teammates but also gave Johnson respect… Modesty at its best!

  22. seatownballers says: Sep 26, 2013 10:13 AM

    Sherman is a better corner. Tillman is a better man, respectful and not a trash talker though

  23. ninjapleazee says: Sep 26, 2013 10:14 AM

    Hilarious how bungles fans chime in after they still lost.

  24. dfields4 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:16 AM

    Tillman is the ultimate pro. Richard Sherman should take notes.

  25. ahs2 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    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!

  26. wecomefromthestars says: Sep 26, 2013 10:33 AM

    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.

  27. s0merand0mguy says: Sep 26, 2013 10:38 AM

    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.

  28. jayrast says: Sep 26, 2013 10:41 AM

    i love Tillman. and this coming from a Packers fan. Much respect to the way he plays and the way he carries himself. True pro.

  29. dino2997 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:45 AM

    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.

  30. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Sep 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    Charles Tillman is just a likable dude. His interviews are always entertaining.

  31. charlesanakin says: Sep 26, 2013 10:53 AM

    Well the Bears lost Henry Melton for the year and he’s their best defensive lineman so with much less pass rush we should expect a big day from Meagtron right?

  32. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 26, 2013 10:56 AM

    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.

  33. siggtacular says: Sep 26, 2013 10:58 AM

    Tillman is a first class guy

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 26, 2013 1:29 PM

    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.
    ————–

    I’ll pass, I love Tillman, but only insecure little boys are bothered by Sherman.

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

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

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

    What a contrast with that loudmouth DB for the PEDhawks. Best DB in the game, Tillman.

  37. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 2:33 PM

    Well Stafford helps out with a lot of consistent bad throws, so just make sure everybody gets credit for contributing.

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    northstarnic says: Sep 26, 2013 1:54 PM

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

  39. larryboodry says: Sep 26, 2013 3:31 PM

    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.

  40. larryboodry says: Sep 26, 2013 3:40 PM

    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.

  41. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 26, 2013 4:16 PM

    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.

  42. gmsingh says: Sep 27, 2013 7:10 AM

    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.

  43. larryboodry says: Sep 27, 2013 3:49 PM

    @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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