Tillman Welcomes Another Peanut to the Family

Congratulations are in order for Bears stud cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman again. This time it’s not football related, he and his wife Jackie welcomed a baby girl to their family on Monday.

Peanut announced their fourth little nugget’s arrival by Tweeting:

The actual date of the baby’s birth caused a bit of a ruckus in Chicago earlier last week when Tillman said he could potentially miss the Texans game if his wife went into labor. Teammate and proud papa Jay Cutler had Peanut’s back explaining he wouldn’t have wanted to miss his son being born either because it’s such a special moment. In the end, Tillman was able to play in the most boring game of the season AND make the birth of his little girl.

Peanut has been terrorizing the offenses of the NFL this season. He’s currently in a postion to be slated for Defensive Player of the Year.

Urlacher Picks Up Sixth NFC Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Hootie-whoo! Keep the defensive madness rolling! Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for week 9 after his impressive performance against the Tennessee Titans.

In a single game the veteran racked up a 46-yard Pick-6, seven tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. I think he’s feeling healthy again :-).

Urlacher is the second Bear to win the weekly award this season, he joins Charles Tillman, who has locked it up twice thus far in 2012.

Just throw a cherry to the top of that success cake, cornerback Sherrick McManis nabbed NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 9. His blocked punt during the first quarter led to defensive end Corey Wootton’s five yard touchdown (he scooped up that loose ball and brought it in for a TD).

I’d say it was a pretty great week to be a Bear!

Bears Blowout Titans 51-20 in Music City

There’s is nothing like a Chicago Bears romping in Nashville to start your week off right. I swear when the Bears play well I begin the week in a better mood. Plain and simple, the Titans got their “asks” kicked (please watch this adorable youtube video to understand the reference). The Bears have now won six consecutive games in a row; this hasn’t happened since 2006, and may actually be considered a contender heading into the difficult part of their schedule (Texans and 49ers woowee).  If you missed the Bears Titan mauling, below you will find a quick recap.

Who Needs an offense when you have the Bears defense?

Cornerback Charles Tillman’s ball-punching hands forced a career-high four fumbles. Peanut has been a recognized player in the league for many years, but this year something set the man on fire. He’s absolutely in the running for Defensive Player of the Year. The infamous linebacker Brian Urlacher trotted (it wasn’t as speedy as Tillman or Jennings sprinting down the field, but hey he still got there) his way into the end zone after the team’s seventh interception return touchdown of the season. 7 defensive touchdowns is more than most teams score all season, let alone in 8 games – animals I tell you. If all the critical pieces to the Bears defensive puzzle can stay healthy, this may be the year Bears fans have been waiting for.

Special teams got down and dirty:

They couldn’t let the defense have all the fun! It all started when Sherrick McManis blocked a punt (I mean when does that even happen?!) that Corey Wootton returned for a 5 yard touchdown. THEN Devin Hester got in on the action with a  44-yard punt return that set up a one-play scoring drive. Yup – love it.

The offensive spark was delayed, but things heated up in the end:

Counting on your defense to score first isn’t going to cut it further down the road for the Bears, but Jay Cutler and his boys woke up in the second half. Cutty eventually threw three touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall. Matt Forte deserves some recognition as well, his rugby style rushing touchdown was the first positive offensive play the Bears had during the game. Forte was also effective in the passing game, his 47 yard reception off of a screen pass was something to be reckoned with.

Bears fans are the BEST fans:

I don’t know what you heard, but LP Field sure sounded like a Bears home game with all that hootin-n-hollerin going on. I can’t imagine it hurts a team’s morale to know their fans are willing to pack their bags and head anywhere to cheer on their monsters of the midway.

#Beardown

Tillman Named NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for October

It looks like the Bears are keeping the “NFC Defensive player of the Month” honor in the family this year. Charles Tillman made it two back-to-back months for Bears cornerbacks when he was deemed the NFC’s defensive player of the month for October – Tim Jennings won the award for the month of September. Congrats Peanut – you ball stripping animal you!

Tillman received the most praise after he shutdown Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on Monday night football. Tillman was glued to Johnson’s side limiting him to three receptions for the 34 yards, a season LOW LOW for Johnson (just ask my fantasy team). He also forced two fumbles against the Lions.

Tillman has 38 tackles (sixth on the team), he has two interceptions, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last year was Peanut’s first appearance in the Pro Bowl, but I think we’re going to see a repeat here. He’s making quite the reputation for his magnet like hands in the NFL. He also ranks eighth on Mike Sando’s MVP watch at ESPN for this year – mind you there are only two defensive players on the MVP watch. Not too shabby! (Fun fact: The last defensive player to be named MVP was Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in 1986.)

The Bears are 6-1 (first in the NFC) as they head to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans this Sunday at noon. Keep it up Peanut!

Probowlin Bears

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Despite the disappointing outcome this season, five Chicago Bears will be making their way to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu. I guess it wasn’t all bad; we’ll go with “bittersweet.”

After many impressive seasons with the Bears, veteran cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman has been voted to his first Pro Bowl. Middle linebacker Brain Urlacher, outside linebacker Lance Briggs, running back Matt Forte, and special teams rock-star Corey Graham will also represent the Bears this year. This is the largest group of players the Bears have sent to a Pro Bowl since 2006 (when they made their run to the Superbowl).

This will be Urlacher’s eighth visit to the Pro Bowl, tying Dick Butkus, Doug Atkins and Bill George for the third most visits in franchise history behind only Mike Singletary and Walter Payton (all of which are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame). Soon enough we may see a bronze bust of Urlacher (and that large thick neck of his) forever enshrined in Canton. Briggs will be attending his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl, leading the team with 140 tackles. Along with Tillman, Forte and Graham are Pro Bowl newbies. Defensive end Julius Peppers and return specialist Devin Hester were selected as first alternates.

I’d like to state the obvious now. There’s a whole lot of defense listed above, some talented special teams, and although Matt Forte (pre-knee injury) was killing it racking up the rushing yards, it would be nice to see some more offensive players selected. Hey Mr. Angelo take a hint…Let’s get us a real wide receiver huh?!

Enough ranting. Congrats to all of the Pro Bowlers from the Bears. I would have rather seen another playoff run, a Packer defeat in the NFC Championship and a Super Bowl win. Wishful thinking – beggars can’t be choosers.

I want to send a shout-out to Vince Wilfork, one of the eight Patriots going to the Pro Bowl and my favorite teddy bear in the AFC. Hopefully we’ll get to see another interception like this 🙂