Jennings, Tillman could combine to make franchise history
November 1, 2012, 2:24 pm
Not to be outdone, cornerback Charles Tillman was named NFC defensive
player of the month for October, following running mate Tim Jennings
receiving that honor for September.
The back-to-back distinctions
could have Jennings and Tillman on course to both be in the Pro Bowl,
which would mark the first time in history that two cornerbacks from the
same Bears team were selected for the all-star game.
history seven players have won player-of-the-month awards. All but one –
defensive end Trace Armstrong in 1990 – were voted to the Pro Bowl.
Armstrong had the misfortune of winning his month’s award in a year when
Reggie White, Chris Doleman and Richard Dent had Pro Bowl seasons. All
three are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Bears Pro Bowl CB’s rare, period
Bears have sent numerous safeties to Pro Bowls but rarely even one
cornerback. Tillman did it last season for the first time, vastly
improving his chances for a return on top of his month and season so
Nathan Vasher went after the 2005 season, one in which he
led the NFC in interceptions with eight. Jennings leads the league with
six through seven games.
(While not cornerbacks, safety Roosevelt
Taylor led the NFL with nine interceptions in 1963 and went to the Pro
Bowl, as did safety Mark Carrier in 1990 to earn a trip across the
Donnell Woollford went after his 1993 season. And that’s about it.Vs. the best
sealed his award with the job done on Detroit’s Calvin Johnson in a
Monday night game, national TV against one of the elite receivers in the
Jennings added luster to his September award by doing major
work on Carolina’s Steve Smith, including a turning-moment interception
for a touchdown in the Bears’ win.
“I grade myself pretty well
just because Steve Smith is an All-Pro receiver and I felt like I made a
couple plays on him,” Jennings said. “For him to be the type of
receiver he is, I just want to put myself in position to make some plays
and I think I was.”
That sort of thing impresses Pro Bowl voters, too.Competition
last year’s Pro Bowl cornerbacks, Green Bay’s Charles Woodson broke a
collarbone and is out, besides having played safety this season also.
Rodgers will benefit from playing on a very good San Francisco 49ers
defense, and Patrick Peterson has three interceptions as well as a
growing rep, which gets votes.
Brandon Browner from Seattle was an alternate and the Seahawks are a top-five yardage and scoring defense.
will get votes. Indeed, if voters are not inclined to pick two DBs from
the same secondary, Jennings and Tillman could cancel out votes from
Pro Bowl voting is open now on NFL.com.
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