Mike Tice is stealing all of the headlines this week. News broke early this week that the Tennessee Titans wanted to interview the Bears’ offensive line coach for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Teams are required to grant permission if an assistant is getting interviewed for a head coaching position, but not for just a coordinator position. The Bears promptly rejected their request. The latest news is that Tice is getting a contract extension from the Bears.
This news comes as no surprise to one insightful commenter on Bear Goggles On. When my guy Decon posted the news on Monday, I was quick to add my comment. (PS, I love block quoting myself):
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.
Mike Tice gets an extension through 2012 as a reward for not getting a chance at a promotion.
While Ted Phillips had the checkbook out, the Bears passed out extensions to secondary coach Jon Hoke, linebackers coach Bob Babich and running backs coach Tim Spencer.