We heard how Jay Cutler was going to make Bears fans re-think how the game of football is played.
Three games in, that's not exactly what's happened -- but that's okay.
A more accurate synopsis is that this Bears team is winning not by completely abandoning the long-held staples of the franchise -- defense and making fewer mistakes than the opponent -- but by jumping on the back of their new-found gunslinger when it matters most.
Today, the Bears won their second straight game on the strength of a fourth-quarter comeback, capped by Cutler's 36-yard touchdown pass to Devin Hester in the face of a Seahawks blitz.
Maybe Kyle Orton makes that throw most of the time. Maybe Rex Grossman makes that throw half of the time.
But, if Cutler is the guy charged with changing the face of Bears football, he's the guy who has to make that throw every time.
That's what he needs to bring to a team whose recipe for success is a lot closer to the traditional one fans have grown to know than a new-fangled dish that's brand new to the palette.
The defense stiffened up after spotting the Seahawks a 13-0 lead, and rookie wide receiver Johnny Knox added to his rising rock star status by hauling in a touchdown reception and turning in fearless kick returns, setting up the offense with good field position.
Then, they added their secret ingredient: some sort of mystic hex on the opposing kicker. And for the second straight week the two missed field goals came back to be the difference in the ballgame.
It wasn't as aesthetically pleasing as one might hope. Then again, it was much easier on the eyes than those sea-green Arena League uniforms the Seahawks sported.
So, Bears fans: Can Cutler and the gang use this recipe to reach the postseason, or are significant improvements needed? At 2-1, the Bears have a chance to keep rolling next Sunday against the Detroit Lions. It could be the perfect time for the offense to break out and eliminate the necessity of another nail-biting finish.
Or maybe just another chance to stick to the 2009 script.