Let’s start off today’s Bears Essentials with a look at Herm Edwards’ list of top 10 cornerbacks around the league.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman checked in at No. 6, one spot behind Tampa Bay’s Darrelle Revis, and one slot ahead of Miami’s Brent Grimes.
Edwards wrote this about Tillman: “This is another player who I don't think gets enough credit. He's simply a complete corner. He gets pegged as Tampa 2 CB, but they don't play nearly as much Tampa 2 in Chicago now. He's physical, we know what he can do in terms of stripping the ball (three forced fumbles this season and 10 last year) and he's probably the best tackler on this list. He had been a little nicked up with a knee issue, but still had three picks this season before going on injured reserve this week with a triceps injury.”
It’s concerning to think Tillman may have already played his last game as a Chicago Bear, but if the organization lets the cornerback hit the market, there should be some suitors out there.
-- ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson puts together this week’s Stock Watch. Stock in Josh McCown, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall is rising.
-- In case you missed it, here’s an incredible in-depth piece on former Bears receiver Sam Hurd, written by Michael McKnight of the MMQB. It details the entire Hurd drug case, and even delves into how the receiver became dependent on marijuana. The piece really falls in line with what I've thought about Hurd and the case all along, based on my interactions with the receiver when he was with Chicago, and some of the court documents I've obtained since the news first broke. It seems that Hurd, in his naiveté, talked a much bigger game in terms of the drug trade than he actually knew, and he could wind up paying for that with a life term in prison. He’ll be sentenced on Wednesday.
“Whatever was considered the loudest weed in California—I wanted a notch above that,” Hurd says in the story. “I had educated myself on different strains and potencies and growing techniques. I was very selective. It was like wine.”
There’s tons of interesting nuggets in this story. I encourage you to take the time to read this long piece.
-- CSNChicago.com’s John Mullin considers the Bears' postseason prospects to be difficult at best because of its 3-4 conference record. Can’t say that I disagree here.