Brandon Marshall's talent has never been questioned.
But off-the-field problems looked like they would catch up to Marshall while he was in the prime of his career. Regardless of the fact he was one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL and having three Pro Bowl seasons under his belt before turning 28, he was traded for the second time in three years.
In a move that Marshall described as "career-saving" on Thursday, he was reunited with Jay Cutler in Chicago.
In his first season with the Bears, Marshall set multiple franchise records with 1,508 receiving yards, 118 receptions and seven 100-yard receiving games.
Despite Marshall putting together arguably the greatest receiving season in team history, it wasn't until Bears general manager Phil Emery made a coaching change in January of 2013 that has helped shape the man Marshall is today.
"I'm so thankful that you [Marc Trestman] are here," Marshall said at Thursday's press conference announcing his three-year, $30 million contract extension with the Bears. "Coach is amazing and he's a man that I look up to. He's man a man that I'd like to be one day. The culture that he's formed with the help of Phil and the McCaskeys and everyone upstairs, I've never been around it. He puts us in a position every single day to grow as men."
With Marshall in place, along with every returning offensive starter from last season's 8-8 team, the Bears are primed for a breakout year in 2014.
And in Marshall's eyes they have the right man at the top to get it done with.
"I've played for some great coaches, but what I'm about to say about coach has nothing to do about football. Best in the business."