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Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 1

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

For the first time in his decade long career, Charles Tillman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month. First time. After 10 years. Think about that. Peanuts play has never been better and it starts with his talent and preparation. Tillmans said last week- after he was named NFC Defensive player of the week- that his technique has gotten better and he's definitely gotten a lot smarter. He's not the only one. Tim Jennings was named Defensive Player of the Month in September for the same reasons. And could have earned the honor again after capping October with his league high 6th int and first touchdown.

To have 2 players from the same defensive backfield dominate the league that way is just an example of why the Bears D has again been monstrous.

The other reason the big plays have been timely. Really timely. 4 of the

6 defensive touchdowns have been scored when the difference in the game was 7pts or less. Brian Urlacher said he wasn't sure if it was because they were playing hard, or because of the pressure up front, but the timeliness of the big plays is the difference between this defense and good ones of the past.

Another reason for the defensive success, is the emphasis Rod Marinelli places on stripping the ball. He says Tillman does it better than anyone in the league. Perhaps that's because he's been doing it since college...but of course when asked about "stripping", Peanut couldn't help but be Peanut. " That's actually how I got through, I wasn't on scholarship so I got through...stripping. I graduated debt free though.

Not to offend anyone who had to do that." We all got a laugh, so did he.

The honors will continue to roll in if the Bears can build off an October where they held opponents to a league low 61% passing, 3 touchdowns, grabbing 10 interceptions. This should not be a problem against Tennessee. The Titans have the leagues worst rated offense. But they do have a veteran quarterback. Matt Hasselbeck knows the Bears defense and has had success against them when he was in Seattle- 6 tds, zero INTs in the last 2 meetings. Lance Briggs says facing Hasselbeck means being disciplined until the play is dead. And RB Chris Johnson is a "home run hitter". The Bears will have to keep him contained. Again, I don't see this as a problem, but I also didn't see Cam Newton throwing for 314 yards- so who knows.

TRICKS AND TREATS: Briggs addressed the media wearing sunglasses not because his eyes are bad, or as a late Halloween disguise. But for one reason "they were free". Appreciate his honesty. They were black with neon green temples, circa 1992 maybe. But hey- free is free.

Also- today a couple bags of left over Halloween Candy appeared in the media room, much to the delight of those working hard covering the Bears today. Reeses Cups were the overwhelming favorite, though it all disappeared pretty quickly. After all we work in the media...free is free.

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