The Bears secondary was considered a weakness heading into the season but that hasn't necessarily been the case, especially when you consider how well players like Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings have tackled, which is a key to running a successful cover-2 defense.
"We have been pleased with our secondary, especially a guy like Tim Jennings," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "When we started off the season, you guys, and ladies, weren't asking a lot of questions about Tim Jennings, but now he's one of our guys. To tell if you're a tough football team or not, a lot of times you can base that on whether your corners tackle. Adding Tim Jennings to the mix, our corners definitely tackle."
Jennings was signed for depth at cornerback during the offseason, won the starting job and hasn't looked back. One of the keys to the success of the 5-foot-8, 185-pounder is how physical he has been.
"That back row and really our corners, they have tackled," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "I can't believe there's a better tackling group of corners in the NFL, and they do it all, from rerouting to ball skills and takeaways. They've done a great job. Discipline. But I'm so proud of those guys, how they tackle. Because in our system, you have to tackle. Those guys, they're outstanding. So are our safeties."