He was a guy leading an NFL team for the first time as training camp started, plucked from Canada after spending several years out of the league.
The results were just about spectacular on offense. On defense, it was a different story. And the record was the definition of a mixed bag.
After going 8-8 and missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, the Bears are looking for more.
They envision a defense that ranked among the league's worst making a big leap after a major overhaul that saw them land star defensive end Jared Allen, and they believe an offense that ranked among the league's best will come through again.