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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Tice in Chicago

By Kevin Seifert

Jacksonville assistant head coach/tight ends coach Mike Tice interviewed Wednesday for a job on Chicago’s coaching staff. There are conflicting reports, however, about whether it was for offensive coordinator or offensive line coach.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports it was to be the Bears’ offensive coordinator. Jason LaCanfora of reports it was for their line job, while Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune suggests the Bears are mulling multiple scenarios, one of which would be to divide coordinator duties among more than one person.

Tice, who was Minnesota’s head coach from 2002 to 2005, has never been a coordinator or called plays. He established himself as an excellent line coach and has spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends in Jacksonville. He is a disciple of the offense Dennis Green installed with the Vikings in the mid-1990s, featuring power running and vertical passing.

Tice and Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese are the only known interviews the Bears have conducted for their multiple offensive positions. Coach Lovie Smith has also spoken generally with former St. Louis coach Mike Martz.

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