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Tillman master of the takeaway

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Asked to rate his season on Thursday, Charles Tillman gave himself an "all right," which shows that even he can't fully appreciate what he does.

"Definitely, I could have done better," Tillman said. "I left a couple of plays out there."

For Tillman, you get the feeling that any play when he doesn't jar the ball loose from the ball carrier, it's a disappointment. It is what Lovie Smith and his coaching staff preach each day. It is what the Bears under Smith have built a reputation on and continued this season when they tied for third in the NFL in takeaways.

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