Charles Tillman has won NFC defensive player of the week and month awards. Lance Briggs is in the NFL history books along with Tillman for touchdown returns of interceptions in consecutive games.
The Bears currently have three ends and one defensive tackle with four or more sacks through eight games.
Lovie Smith has seen highlights, lowlights, dim lights, spotlights in his nine seasons as Bears coach.
NASHVILLE Julius Peppers is never given to overstatement or hyperbole.
NASHVILLE Members of the Bears defense are approaching a rarified place. Beyond planning for takeaways. Beyond even expecting them.