Tillman took it a step further when he summed up his effort against the Bengals with one sentence.
"I would say probably Sunday was probably the worst game I've had career-wise, since being in the league," Tillman said.
The performance may serve as a wakeup call for the third-year cornerback, who hasn't had an interception since his rookie season. He spent several minutes after Thursday's practice working with WR Justin Gage.
"You can't lay your head down, you can't sit around and mope. It's just that you have to bounce back," Tillman said. "I lost the game but I didn't lose the lesson."
Numbers can be Deceiving
Yardage-wise, the Bears did an outstanding job against the Bengals, allowing just 244 total yards, one week after permitting just 234 against the Lions. The NFL average last season was 327. And, in the past two weeks, the Bears have held their opponents to 112 rushing yards on 52 carries, barely 2 yards per carry in a league where the average is 4.1.
"Coach Lovie has really put us in good position for the run," said DT Tommie Harris. "Also a lot of pass plays we're not making plays that we're supposed to be making. That just comes with time. We're preparing and going back and fixing those mistakes and hopefully we get better."
CB Jerry Azumah may be under the impression that he'll get his starting job back now that he's 100 percent recovered from arthroscopic hip surgery on Aug. 3, but it doesn't appear he's going to replace Nathan Vasher anytime soon.
"Our players will stay in the same role, yes," Smith said when asked about Azumah moving up from his nickel spot and into the starting lineup. "Charles and Nate will be the corners, and Jerry will be in the nickel role along with our kick returner and that's how we'll (proceed)."
The Bears waived defensive back Rod Babers from the practice squad. He was originally signed to the practice squad on Sept. 4. The team currently has an opening on the eight-man unit.