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January 15, 2010

Bears hire Tice as offensive line coach

By: Larry Mayer | Last Updated: 1/15/2010 3:54 PM

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Bears on Friday hired Mike Tice to be their offensive line coach.

Tice, 50, has 28 years of NFL experience, 14 as a player and 14 as a coach. He has spent the past four seasons as assistant head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, doubling as tight ends coach the last three years.

Mike Tice joins the Bears after spending the last four seasons with the Jaguars.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Tice spent 14 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as a player and coach. After playing tight end for three seasons (1992-93, ’95), he worked as tight ends coach in 1996 and offensive line coach from 1997-2001 before being promoted to head coach.

Tice compiled a 33-34 record as head coach, including 1-1 in the playoffs. In his first year in that role in 2002, Minnesota led the NFL in rushing for the first time in franchise history with 2,507 yards.

As an offensive line coach, Tice tutored five different players—Matt Birk, Jeff Christy, Randall McDaniel, Todd Steussie and Korey Stringer—to 10 Pro Bowl appearances. In 1998, when the Vikings scored an NFL-record 556 points, three Minnesota offensive linemen started in the Pro Bowl.

“I’ve had a chance to compete against Mike for a lot of years and I always thought he did a great job with the offensive line,” said coach Lovie Smith. “Mike has a presence about him, and his record speaks for itself.”

In Tice’s first two seasons in Jacksonville, the Jaguars rushing attack had the two most productive seasons in team history, gaining 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 yards in 2007. Jacksonville set franchise records in 2007 for points (411), average yards per play (5.6) and touchdowns (50).

As a player, Tice appeared in 177 games, catching 107 passes for 894 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks (1981-88, 1990-91), Washington Redskins (1989) and Vikings.

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