Brian Urlacher may not always like playing in the Bears' Cover-2 scheme. But Tim Jennings absolutely loves it.
And, why wouldn't he?
Jennings is starring in it right now. He was named the NFC defensive player of the month on Thursday after recording a league-best four interceptions, one tackle for a loss, 18 tackles and six pass break ups, including two that led to interceptions for teammates.
"I love the Cover 2," Jennings said. " I love the fact that we can mix it up a little bit."
Jennings said more than once that it's an honor to be recognized.
"First four games, first quarter of the season, obviously the team's doing pretty good," Jennings said. "I always take it as an honor to be named defensive player of the month. I take it as an honor. [But I've] gotta keep working [and] try to get another one next month."
Jennings is a key part of a Bears defense which has plenty of standouts through four games to choose from, having forced a league-high 14 takeaways already this season. The Atlanta Falcons have the second most with 12.
"We always emphasize takeaways," Jennings said. "Nothing changed with the mentality that we have. It's just we're making the best of the opportunities now.
"I can't speak highly [enough] of the [defensive] line. One you can get that pressure from the D line and get them going, it makes it a lot easier for us. If you go back to the Lance Briggs interception, Henry Melton got pressure on the quarterback and forced [Tony] Romo into a bad throw and we were in the right place at the right time and he took it for six."
Urlacher called the recognition for Jennings "well deserved," Briggs said Jennings has played "amazing."
"It's the type of player that that he's been working toward," Briggs said. "It's the type of player that he knows he is, that we all know he is."