Could Mike Tice bolt for the Titans? Would the Bears let him?

Mike Tice to the Titans?

Reports from Yahoo! are that the Titans are considering Bears OL Coach, Mike Tice for the OC job in Tennessee.  Say what you want about the Bears OL woes, but one thing is certain, they showed improvement during the course of the season.

Ever since “The Murder of Jay Cutler” in week 4 where JC was sacked 9 times in one half of football, the OL began to gel together.  OC Mike Martz actually began to run the ball and that helped the OL to get comfortable and the rushing game got better over the course of the season.

Sure, they still had some stinkers in there, but with “Turnstyle Omiyale” at LT and a raw, but talented rookie in J’Marcus Webb at RT, things could have conceivably been much worse.  Personally, I think they are 1 LT away from being a very good unit, provided they re-sign Olin Kruetz, who is an anchor at the Center position.

Let’s face it, Tice made chicken salad out of chicken S**T for most of the season and I think the Bears should deny this request for Tice to interview since he has one year left on his contract and I am interested to see what he can do if the Bears upgrade their talent level on the OL.

CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?!?!?!

The DeCon has spoken, so let it be written, so let it be done…

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  • Boomer

    This presents a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation for Lovie, Jerry and the Bears. If they do let him interview, they risk losing a key positional coach at a time of year when suitable replacements are few and far between. If they don’t let him interview, they risk alienating him and/or other prospective coaches. Typically it’s considered bad form to not allow an assistant coach an opportunity for advancement. If the Bears deny the request an extension or new title like Asst. Head Coach could follow. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    I agree that the Bears should deny the request mostly because there’s no one else out there to help fill this critical role this offseason.

  • CJ

    I get that Tice did what he could with the line that we have. In my opinion, if you want to actually be a contender and keep j off the carpet, you need a pretty heavy facelift on the O line. If that means no Tice it doesn’t bother me. I want to see Kruetz stay but he is getting older. This needs to be majorly concerned in the draft. I would like to see Tice stay around but it wouldn’t kill me to see him leave. BEAR DOWN!

    • Boomer

      The problem is that at this point in the offseason, there aren’t a lot of options out there. In the musical chairs of assistant coach shuffle, the music has stopped and the Titans are left to scurry for a chair. In my opinion, better them than the Bears.

      As far as the O-line goes, it needs to have heavy emphasis this offseason. The Bears need to fill left tackle and possibly left guard and need to start grooming someone to take Kreutz’s spot to have a line of succession. I’m glad Tice will get another year to build on his late season success.

  • Boomer
  • WIndy Cynic

    Boom, was tice given several years in his deal? Seems odd since the entire org was/ hopefully is on thin ice. Thought it was short term, one year.

    • Boomer

      Tice is under contract through next season. I think he and Martz were given deals that went at least as long as Lovie’s deal, which presently goes through 2011.

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