Mike Williams never gave the Bears any trouble when he was with the Detroit Lions in 2005-06. Not even Mike Martz could make him a serious threat.
But Williams was a handful for the Bears and Charles Tillman on Sunday. The 6-5 former USC star had 10 receptions for 123 yards in the Seattle Seahawks' 23-20 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field.
''Big body, big boy,'' said a chagrined Tillman in the Bears' lockerroom. ''I think [Matt] Hasselbeck did a good job of putting it where I wasn't -- away from me. With his body and his size, he made some good plays. I have to play better.
In three games against the Bears with the Lions, Williams had five receptions for 49 yards. He had a chance to beat the Bears with a leaping catch in the end zone of a 20-yard pass from Jon Kitna on the final play of the game. But couldn't hang on to the ball, with rookie cornerback Devin Hester defending, and the Bears won 26-21.
Tillman also was burned by Deon Butler for a 22-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck that tied the game at 7 in the first quarter. He had seven tackles and one pass breakup.
''They just played better than us,'' Tillman said. ''We got our butts kicked. No excuses. We just got outplayed.''