The Case for Peanut…
I recently came upon the career statistics of Bears’ CB Charles Tillman, who has been with the team since being drafted in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Something to the effect of him being one of seven or eight players to have 20 Interceptions and 20 Forced Fumbles in their career. EVER. (The other players are CB Charles Woodson, CB Dre Bly, S Brian Dawkins, CB Nate Clements, LB Seth Joyner, LB Derrick Brooks, and CB Rod Woodson. Anytime you are in that small a company in the history of the NFL, it is saying something—especially when you consider that Woodson is already in the Hall of Fame, and Woodson, Dawkins, and Brooks are on their way. When Tillman arrived in Chicago, Brian Urlacher was already established as the big name defensive player. Then Lance Briggs came along. Now Julius Peppers. Peanut Tillman has probably been one of the most underrated players in the history of the Chicago Bears; and I wanted to a) give Bears’ fans everywhere a greater appreciation of TIllman’s career by comparing his statistics against the DBs of his era; and b) ask these questions:
1) How has Tillman NEVER been to a Pro Bowl?
2) Being that this was the first year Tillman played in all 16 games, if Tillman plays a few more years–and gets up to 30 INTs and 30 FF—does he warrant consideration for the Hall of Fame?
Charles Tillman just completed his 8th season in the NFL. Lets look at where he stands statistically:
1. Antoine Winfield, CB, Vikings 702
2. Ronde Barber, CB, Buccaneers 689
3. CHARLES TILLMAN, CB, BEARS 632
Third, out of all CBs that have played from 2003-2010 is not too shabby…
1. Ed Reed, S, Ravens 49
2. Asante Samuel, CB, Eagles 42
3. Darren Sharper, S, Saints 36
4. Charles Woodson, CB, Packers 35
5(t). Champ Bailey, CB, Broncos 32
DeAngelo Hall, CB, Redskins
7(t). Rashean Mathis, CB, Jaguars 29
Dre Bly, CB
9. Terence Newman, CB, Cowboys 28
10(t). Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers 27
CHARLES TILLMAN, CB, BEARS 27
I thought interesting that Tillman has just as many INTs as Polamalu, who is known as a big-play, ballhawk.
1. Robert Mathis, DE, Colts 34
2. Dwight Freeney, DE, Colts 32
3(t). Julius Peppers, DE, Bears 28
Osi Umenyiora, DE, Giants
Jason Taylor, DE, Jets
6(t). Demarcus Ware, DE, Cowboys 25
John Abraham, DE Falcons
8. CHARLES TILLMAN, CB, BEARS 24
Notice how Tillman is the first DB on this list; the next highest DB is S Brian Dawkins (Eagles, Broncos) with 20; The nest CB on this list is Nate Clements (Bills, 49ers) with 17.
Other statistics Tillman ranks highly on among CBs in this era include: Games Played (tied for 15th); Solo Tackles (3rd); Touchowns Scored (tied for 3rd).
Do I honestly think Tillman will get a bust in Canton? Probably not. But, as you can see by the career he has constructed in Chicago, Peanut definitely deserves his hame spoken about when you are talking about the elite DBs in the NFL over the last 10 years.