Charles Tillman helps Bucs to win, without even playing for them

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Veteran cornerback Charles Tillman isn’t able to help the Bears win games this year, since they put him on injured reserve in September.

But that doesn’t mean he can’t help others.

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith showed his players highlights of Tillman’s career last week, to emphasize how he wanted them to get the ball out.

Tillman attacked the football, and that was our emphasis all week,’’ Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence said, via Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “We wanted to be relentless. The emphasis on takeaways has been there all season, but we really ingrained it in our defense last week. We played fast and furious up front, and this defense goes as our front goes.’’

The Bucs forced three turnovers in Sunday’s win over Washington, so the lessons obviously took hold.

Tillman has forced 42 fumbles and picked off 36 passes in his career, and is known for his ability to punch the ball out of opponents’ hands.

“At the start of the week, Coach showed us a video of the days when he was back in Chicago,’’ linebacker Danny Lansanah said. “We saw Tillman on tape and that set the tone for the whole week. And before we went out on the field, [defensive tackle] Gerald McCoy brought us in as a defense and said we have to make it happen.

“It’s about all 11 guys swarming to the ball. Guys were out there having fun and playing Buc ball. The whole season we’ve been talking about [takeaways], but now we’re starting to buy into it. He showed us that video and guys took it to themselves to make it happen.’’

If Smith could get more players like Tillman in Tampa, they wouldn’t be 2-8. But by laying the foundation down now, perhaps the future will hold more of that kind of play against better opponents in the future.

8 responses to “Charles Tillman helps Bucs to win, without even playing for them

  1. The Tampa team defense had it pretty easy as expected against the Redskins with RGIII in there.

  2. Not a fan of either team, but this is pretty cool from the coaching staff. A different way to coach that has some very real application to them. Kudos.

  3. First the easy joke:

    Like Cutler needs help coughing up fumbles.

    Now the question:

    If they’ve been preaching turnovers all year, how come it took ten games and a Peanut highlight video for the players to ‘buy into’ the concept that getting turnovers is a good thing?

  4. I’m still surprised the Bears let Lovie go, not that Trestman seems to be a bad coach. The Bears problems appear larger than their coaching.

    The Bucs, on the other hand, look like they have turned a corner and are on the rise.

  5. That corner they just turned was at the intersection of Rock and Bottom. Not hard to rise from there, eh, Lovie?

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