Mike Tice Promoted to Offensive Coordinator for the Bears

Mike Tice...your new OC!!!

Well, the hits just keep on coming…Bears.com is reporting that Mike Tice will succeed Mike Martz as the Bears new offensive coordinator.  The report also indicates that Tice will retain his coaching position with the offensive live similar to how DC Rod Marinelli handles the defensive line.  While I am happy for Tice, because he could have been gone for a similar role somewhere else, I am baffled how the team can make these decisions sans a GM and expect any GM worth a damn to want to inherit these guys.  Reggie McKenzie, of the Packers is out as a GM candidate as he was hired by the Raiders.  I thought that was the only guy who made sense because of his relationship with Lovie, but alas, I fear we are destined for a cracker jack GM as opposed to a great football mind.

Back to Tice, he certainly is experienced and he has done an excellent job making chicken salad out of chicken S**T with our offensive line.  His pedigree is akin to Lovie’s mantra of ”get off the bus running” and that is certainly appealing and the antithesis of the Martz offense.  With a franchise QB like Jay Cutler at the helm, can Tice get creative enough with the passing game to allow his talent to shine?  Also, one minor thing, will he be able to be in the booth calling plays (where most OCs sit) and still be hands on enough with the offensive line?

What do you all think?

 

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  • flowermike

    Dunno decon.

    Seems like convenient recycling program for a coach that won’t find interested talent. Same situation as last time, identical. Why interview for a coach who should be gone. Is Tice the only man that would take this job? The nepotism aspect of Lovie’s management sucks.

    Worst part is, Jay Cutler has to learn yet another new system without the parts to make it happen.

    The failure of our Bears is that we’re not in a position to have a stable offense for Jay until he probably is on the wrong side of 30 and still running for his life week to week.

  • TomSchwarz

    @flowermike I heard that one of the reasons why Tice was brought on was so Cutler WOULDN’T have to learn an entirely new offense. I guess Tice is somehow going to use the Martz system but differently, or something. I don’t know, so many sports writers write so much crap you never know who actually has a clue to what they are talking about.

  • flowermike

    Dunno decon.

    Seems like convenient recycling program for a coach that won’t find interested talent. Same situation as last time, identical. Why interview for a coach who should be gone. Is Tice the only man that would take this job? The nepotism aspect of Lovie’s management sucks.

    Worst part is, Jay Cutler has to learn yet another new system without the parts to make it happen.

    The failure of our Bears is that we’re not in a position to have a stable offense for Jay until he probably is on the wrong side of 30 and still running for his life week to week.

  • TomSchwarz

    @flowermike I heard that one of the reasons why Tice was brought on was so Cutler WOULDN’T have to learn an entirely new offense. I guess Tice is somehow going to use the Martz system but differently, or something. I don’t know, so many sports writers write so much crap you never know who actually has a clue to what they are talking about.

  • sqlpope

    I worry about the GM coming into this position, but the more I think about Tice as OC, the more I like it. If you look at his Vikings experience, he had Randy Moss all but one or two years. In his (Randy’s) decline/bad attitude times, he went out and nabbed Marcus Robinson. What he knows is successful requires that go-up-and-get-it guy that we lack. I don’t follow college ball, but I have to believe he’ll push some strong opinions on the personnel direction now that he’s in that role.

    I also see the relatively dumbed down offensive approach positively. Run, high pctg passing, couple of shots & strong defense (hopefully). That can win 70% of your games (see Pittsburgh, or a number of Bears teams). Throw in a quarterback that is CAPABLE of putting up points and you have a 50/50 shot at the other 30%. I could definitely seeing us, at least the next few years, playing the longstanding Baltimore role… Green Bay in the top slot with the Bears continual wildcards, with any luck flipping the role like Baltimore pulled off this year.

    Ever the optimist.

  • flowermike

    Personally, I’m fine with Tice as OC. My concern is that Lovie is making decisions that can set the franchise back several years to save his own skin. It’s already happened.

    When Martz was the hire of last resort, I wondered here on this site how we could be told that Lovie wanted to get off the bus running by adding Martz. Lovies decisions are those of desperation because no one wants his coordination offers. They know he’s on borrowed time.

    That’s what makes the GM hire so scary. Why is Lovie dictating anything? And we’re going to draft players to fit the Retreat 2 scheme that I loathe? Screw that. Keeping Lovie is a huge risk and we need this draft class to really step up. No more damaged products. The line still needs desperate help. Skill players needed. The defense is so thin and our studs are well into their 30′s with no heir apparents on the roster. Depleted is the best word for our situation.

    Tell you what SQLpope, fire Lovie and ascend TIce to head coach, then let him choose his staff. Then you’d have interest from good coaches to join this team.

  • sqlpope

    I worry about the GM coming into this position, but the more I think about Tice as OC, the more I like it. If you look at his Vikings experience, he had Randy Moss all but one or two years. In his (Randy’s) decline/bad attitude times, he went out and nabbed Marcus Robinson. What he knows is successful requires that go-up-and-get-it guy that we lack. I don’t follow college ball, but I have to believe he’ll push some strong opinions on the personnel direction now that he’s in that role.

    I also see the relatively dumbed down offensive approach positively. Run, high pctg passing, couple of shots & strong defense (hopefully). That can win 70% of your games (see Pittsburgh, or a number of Bears teams). Throw in a quarterback that is CAPABLE of putting up points and you have a 50/50 shot at the other 30%. I could definitely seeing us, at least the next few years, playing the longstanding Baltimore role… Green Bay in the top slot with the Bears continual wildcards, with any luck flipping the role like Baltimore pulled off this year.

    Ever the optimist.

  • flowermike

    Personally, I’m fine with Tice as OC. My concern is that Lovie is making decisions that can set the franchise back several years to save his own skin. It’s already happened.

    When Martz was the hire of last resort, I wondered here on this site how we could be told that Lovie wanted to get off the bus running by adding Martz. Lovies decisions are those of desperation because no one wants his coordination offers. They know he’s on borrowed time.

    That’s what makes the GM hire so scary. Why is Lovie dictating anything? And we’re going to draft players to fit the Retreat 2 scheme that I loathe? Screw that. Keeping Lovie is a huge risk and we need this draft class to really step up. No more damaged products. The line still needs desperate help. Skill players needed. The defense is so thin and our studs are well into their 30′s with no heir apparents on the roster. Depleted is the best word for our situation.

    Tell you what SQLpope, fire Lovie and ascend TIce to head coach, then let him choose his staff. Then you’d have interest from good coaches to join this team.

  • Chicago Irish

    Personally, I don’t have anything against Tice, as I believe he has an intense personality that this team drastically lacks. My issue is, as it has been, with the organization. The issues this team had in 2010 are the same issues that existed for 2011 – lack of depth and player development. This rest solely on Angelo (he gone) and Lovie. The Bears have once again recycled crap in an attempt to pass it off as a good move. I’m starting to get the impression things won’t change with this organization until something happens as it did with the Hawks – some at Halas Hall dies.

  • Chicago Irish

    Personally, I don’t have anything against Tice, as I believe he has an intense personality that this team drastically lacks. My issue is, as it has been, with the organization. The issues this team had in 2010 are the same issues that existed for 2011 – lack of depth and player development. This rest solely on Angelo (he gone) and Lovie. The Bears have once again recycled crap in an attempt to pass it off as a good move. I’m starting to get the impression things won’t change with this organization until something happens as it did with the Hawks – some at Halas Hall dies.

  • dhunter

    Tice was the only decision the Bears could make at this point without losing him. They rewarded him with an extra year on his deal when the Titans wanted to talk to him last year about their OC position. How could they not promote him to their OC if they wouldn’t allow him to interview for other OC positions? I had read it was Tice and Cutler(and Shane Day) that went to Martz and told him to start calling different plays before Cutler gets killed because they couldn’t protect him with the line they have. One would think that Cutler already has a trust in Tice.

    Yes the Bears organization is messed up because they allow how they feel about people(Ted and Lovie) to get involved in making moves at those positions. But it shouldn’t be some accountant from Lake Forest deciding who the next GM should be – it should be George McCaskey. And that GM better be able to do one thing really, really well – evaluate talent!

  • dhunter

    Tice was the only decision the Bears could make at this point without losing him. They rewarded him with an extra year on his deal when the Titans wanted to talk to him last year about their OC position. How could they not promote him to their OC if they wouldn’t allow him to interview for other OC positions? I had read it was Tice and Cutler(and Shane Day) that went to Martz and told him to start calling different plays before Cutler gets killed because they couldn’t protect him with the line they have. One would think that Cutler already has a trust in Tice.

    Yes the Bears organization is messed up because they allow how they feel about people(Ted and Lovie) to get involved in making moves at those positions. But it shouldn’t be some accountant from Lake Forest deciding who the next GM should be – it should be George McCaskey. And that GM better be able to do one thing really, really well – evaluate talent!

  • dhunter

    Tice was the only decision the Bears could make at this point without losing him. They rewarded him with an extra year on his deal when the Titans wanted to talk to him last year about their OC position. How could they not promote him to their OC if they wouldn’t allow him to interview for other OC positions? I had read it was Tice and Cutler(and Shane Day) that went to Martz and told him to start calling different plays before Cutler gets killed because they couldn’t protect him with the line they have. One would think that Cutler already has a trust in Tice.

    Yes the Bears organization is messed up because they allow how they feel about people(Ted and Lovie) to get involved in making moves at those positions. But it shouldn’t be some accountant from Lake Forest deciding who the next GM should be – it should be George McCaskey. And that GM better be able to do one thing really, really well – evaluate talent!

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