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The current and long-term value of Charles Tillman

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Veteran cornerback Charles Tillman has certainly had his ups and downs this season, giving up some plays and committing some penalties.

Yet Tillman remains one of the most league's most active and resourceful players.

Fittingly, STATS LLC has a stat called Ballhawks. It combines sacks, interceptions, pass deflections and forced fumbles by a defensive back.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Tillman is tied for the league lead, with six other players, with eight.

With the safeties still searching for an interception, Tillman's got two, and he plays a huge role in the Bears being tied for the league lead with 14 takeaways.

Looking into the future, when he's not able to play cornerback anymore, I think Tillman could be a very good safety. He's obviously got a nose for the ball, he's a good tackler, and he has a presence. Tillman told me earlier in the season he was open to that, but I think -- if he wants to, at least -- it's a slam dunk.

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Moving cornerback Charles Tillman to free safety is a move I can see maybe down the road, but not this season. As of right now Tillman is without a doubt Chicago's best corner. The only way this move could possibly happen is if one of the other reserves like Corey Graham or Zack Bowman steps up. Bowman has been a major disappointment this season, the Bears were really counting on him to take that next step in his development, so far he hasn't.

If Graham or Bowman fail to catch on by seasons end, a move Chicago could make is using their 1st rounder on a corner, and then move Tillman to free safety. This move would also allow rookie Major Wright to slide over to strong safety, a position he might be better suited for. Wright could be a pretty good free safety, but I think he could be an ever better strong safety.

As far as a corner, if you want a good one, you have to use a 1st rounder on one. Like the great Mike Ditka once said, "either a guy can cover or he can't," theres no getting around it. Other than Charles Tillman, who was a 2nd rounder, Angelo really hasn't addressed the position on the first day since he's been in Chicago, and again, the first round is the only way to land a really good corner. Take the leagues top 5 corners, 1) Darrelle Revis of the Jets, 2) Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders, 3) Champ Bailey of the Bronocos, 4) D Rodgers Cromartie of the Cardinals, and 5) Charles Woodson of Green Bay, what do they all have in common, they were all 1st rounders. Before I would move Tillman to free safety, the first thing Chicago needs to do is use a first rounder on a corner, just an opinion now GO BEARS!!

I could see the Bears going any which way with a first round pick next year from Corner, o line, (first priorities) but may even go with a middle linebacker or d line candidate based on best available at the their pick in the draft.

As for Tillman, he is the best corner the Bears have and when he loses a step would still be an exceptional player at Free Safety, probably one of the best Safeties in the league if he would make a move into that role in the next few years.

The Bears are lucky to have Tillman, he is an exceptional player week in and week out, you can always count on Peanut Tillman to be ready and dedicated to a win each Sunday.

Oh God! I hope they use their first rounder on a lineman, and not a CB.

They need at least 2 better O-lineman, and could use another impact D-lineman. I still think Major Wright will pan out and be good.

Just a suggestion to both Niel, and Sean. You guys provide great material. But maybe, if there a few less topics to blog about, there would be longer, and more interesting conversation. Just a thought, and I am no expert, but I see that conversations start, but then not finish because there are 8 new subjects on top of the page.

Once again, you guys do a great job, but just my thoughts.

I have been saying it for a few years now. Charles Tillman has not only been the best but most consistent secondary player the Bears have had since Lovie has been the coach. I thought he should have been a caption the last 2 years but eah whatever. Hands down Tillman is one of the best in the NFL at forcing fumbles and he is a corner. Crazy!

I have much respect for Tillman going out and playing when injured and having faced a serious family issue.
Tommy Waddle, Mike Brown, Walter Payton and Charles Tillman have been outstanding citizens for the comunity and the NFL. They will always be my favorite players and should be some of the most respected Bears players to ever suite up in a GSH jersey.

Go Bears!!!

I hope the Bears don't make the same mistake in next year's draft that they did in 2008 when they took the 6th, or 7th best tackle on the board {another knee jerk reaction by JA}, didn't make a trade to move down or take the 2nd best RB on the board {Mendenhall}. I argued with the Bear's apologist Hub right when it was going on.

I don't think the Bears will have as good a second half as they are having here in the first half of the year. If they end up between 9-7 and 11-5, they will have a pick in the early 20's. If all the peceived great tackles are gone, I hope they take a big, play making WR. And there seems to be quite a few out there. And as we have seen with Dez Bryant, they can slip in the draft. You can pick up very good interior linemen with 2nd and 3rd round picks. And it's not uncommon to find good tackles in the 2nd round as well. And as I have preached for the past few weeks, a big, deep threat WR would help take some of the preasure off of Cutler as well. At some point this coaching staff {or the next one} will have to move Hester to the slot. And as it stands right now, Knox is ranked 54th in receptions and Hester is tied for 62nd. {Come ON Jerry/Lovie, tell us 1 more time how Hester is a #1 receiver!}

The problem with getting excited about the draft that Angelo might be making the picks again.

So wait, you're saying that teams in search of top talent will typically have to look in the 1st round of the draft? Interesting theory Professor Armstead.

Engaging yet provocative.

I look forward to your future works such as Taking the Ball into the Endzone and Scoring Points: It's a Good Thing as well as the long overdue Making Tackles on Defense: How Stopping the Ball Carrier Is Better than Letting Him Run Forward.

this would be the best move for him sending to his natural position

Just think how effective he would be if he knew how to pick the right shoes every week....Can someone on the equipment staff just switch his cleat length out every week after he picks his shoes to a length 1/4" longer or something whether he wants it or not? He seems like he is slipping at least 3-4 times per week in man coverage, and he is always getting there after the ball. He isn't fast enough or quick enough to give up an extra step while he regains his footing.

Tillman has been a stalwart on this defense, and has made a lot of big plays, but like any corner, he has a lot of big plays against him. Slipping and losing your footing is a sure-fire way to make sure that the latter is more common. We all know our turf is absolute crap, and we should know it better than anyone. Why is it that our guys look like they are moving in slow motion, and simple moves beat us on pass rushes, on getting an extra 10 yards on a pass play, or on simple pass routes that any grade-schooler can see coming? Bad equipment choices, bad footwork, poor balance, and poor discipline all can contribute to these types of problems. How about we get the right shoes on our guys, and at least one of the controllable factors will be taken out of the equation.

For crying out loud, we made Mike Williams look like a Pro Bowler today...

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