Mike Tice Shares His Vision for the Chicago Bears Offense


In case you missed it, here’s the propaganda video the Bears posted on their website where Tom Thayer interviews new offensive coordinator Mike Tice to share his vision for what the Bears offense will look like under his guidance.

Check out my comments after the jump.

Everything sounds good on the surface.  We hear about Jay being comfortable, protecting him and using his talents that made him successful in Denver.  Those are good.

We hear about being an explosive running team and a power running team.  I only hope that they are running the ball to run out the clock.  I think the “get off the bus running” paradigm has shifted.  You should be running to get back on the bus, when you’re protecting a lead.

A red flag that was raised for me was when Tice described how “we’ll take what the defense gives us” or something to that effect.  That’s not what I want out of my new offense.  I want the offense to dictate what opposing defense will do.  Here’s what we’re doing, come try to stop us.  I want to ram it down people’s throats like the Saints and the Packers and Patriots  do.

And all of this becomes moot if they don’t get a solid “passing game coordinator” and if they don’t get some weapons for Cutler.

What do you think?  Do you have high hopes for the offense under Tice or will it be, meet the new offense, same as the last?

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  • Mr.Pickles

    I am about thisclose to losing all hope in the current Bears regime but I’m not there yet (a Tim Ruskell promotion might do me in though). I actually don’t mind this move. Granted I would have preferred the Bears at least considered some outside options, but given the difficulty they had last time around and their aversion to any kind of sweeping change, I think we’ve gotten the best of bad situation here. To call Martz’s system stubborn would be an understatement, that being said I think Tice did a pretty respectable job with the o-line considering what he had to work with and operating within those confines. Without those schematic limitations I say there’s a chance Tice finds a way to protect Cutler and give the offense some time to work. Who knows, Jay might even be allowed to call an audible or two and help himself out to boot. I think the “passing game coordinator” title is just a way to jazz up the QB coach position and make it look more enticing, doubt whoever fills it will make or break the offense. I don’t think there’s any chance any Bears team in the near future puts up the offensive numbers the Saints/Packers/Patriots do but if they somehow draft/otherwise acquire a big #1 WR that isn’t named Roy Williams they have a shot at being a big boy NFL offense. I have hopes, don’t think I’d qualify them as ‘high’, but they are hopes nonetheless.

  • Mr.Pickles

    I am about thisclose to losing all hope in the current Bears regime but I’m not there yet (a Tim Ruskell promotion might do me in though). I actually don’t mind this move. Granted I would have preferred the Bears at least considered some outside options, but given the difficulty they had last time around and their aversion to any kind of sweeping change, I think we’ve gotten the best of bad situation here. To call Martz’s system stubborn would be an understatement, that being said I think Tice did a pretty respectable job with the o-line considering what he had to work with and operating within those confines. Without those schematic limitations I say there’s a chance Tice finds a way to protect Cutler and give the offense some time to work. Who knows, Jay might even be allowed to call an audible or two and help himself out to boot. I think the “passing game coordinator” title is just a way to jazz up the QB coach position and make it look more enticing, doubt whoever fills it will make or break the offense. I don’t think there’s any chance any Bears team in the near future puts up the offensive numbers the Saints/Packers/Patriots do but if they somehow draft/otherwise acquire a big #1 WR that isn’t named Roy Williams they have a shot at being a big boy NFL offense. I have hopes, don’t think I’d qualify them as ‘high’, but they are hopes nonetheless.

  • JerryRichardson

    I think the energy that Tice brings into the equation coupled with his OL experience and the Bears glaring need for a solid pro bowl OT and OG could result in the acquisition of both through the Draft and Free Agency. If Cutler is given the time to throw to the current WR and RB out of the backield this offense is capable of staying with any team in the league in a shoot out. I can see Knox easily going over 1000 yards and Bennet comming close or also surpassing the 1000 yard mark, and Dane S could easily become a Wes Welker type reciever for Cutler. We all know how dangerous Forte and Bell can be as a duo and forseeing over 2000 yds rushing again is easy. Just imagine what those numbers could have been if Cutler and Forte had stayed healthy thru the 2011 season??? Therein lies the true potential of this Offense and I believe Tice, Lovie and Cutler will prove to be a very competitive trio come the 2012 season if Chicago acquires 3-4 decent players…OT,OG,DE and CB or S.

  • JerryRichardson

    I think the energy that Tice brings into the equation coupled with his OL experience and the Bears glaring need for a solid pro bowl OT and OG could result in the acquisition of both through the Draft and Free Agency. If Cutler is given the time to throw to the current WR and RB out of the backield this offense is capable of staying with any team in the league in a shoot out. I can see Knox easily going over 1000 yards and Bennet comming close or also surpassing the 1000 yard mark, and Dane S could easily become a Wes Welker type reciever for Cutler. We all know how dangerous Forte and Bell can be as a duo and forseeing over 2000 yds rushing again is easy. Just imagine what those numbers could have been if Cutler and Forte had stayed healthy thru the 2011 season??? Therein lies the true potential of this Offense and I believe Tice, Lovie and Cutler will prove to be a very competitive trio come the 2012 season if Chicago acquires 3-4 decent players…OT,OG,DE and CB or S.

  • City

    Couple questions: has Tice ever been an OC before? I think he was a head coach, but I don’t know if he actually called offensive plays before. And, do you think Knox is coming back? I have a hard time believing that he will actually be able to play again. I know his injury wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but surgery to “stabilize the spine” will have a lasting impact (not just on his body).

  • City

    Couple questions: has Tice ever been an OC before? I think he was a head coach, but I don’t know if he actually called offensive plays before. And, do you think Knox is coming back? I have a hard time believing that he will actually be able to play again. I know his injury wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but surgery to “stabilize the spine” will have a lasting impact (not just on his body).

  • dhunter

    The Bears will fool themselves enough to not go after Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe or trade for Brandon Marshall. I predict the Colts are going to go young so that movement should allow us to sign Reggie Wayne. Yes, he will be 34 in November but he would be the perfect mentor to the 1st Round WR they should also draft. If the Bears think a top WR cannot perform as a rookie, all they need to do is look at Julio Jones or A.J.Green. Wayne will also come with a much lower price tag for a shorter period of time. This move also would make Bennett better, Hester can go back to concentrating on returns, and Knox can have another year to recuperate.

    While they are at it, they may want to give a sniff to Dallas Clark. Yes, another old guy but this window ain’t staying open forever. Push your chips all in on 2012, Lovie!

  • dhunter

    The Bears will fool themselves enough to not go after Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe or trade for Brandon Marshall. I predict the Colts are going to go young so that movement should allow us to sign Reggie Wayne. Yes, he will be 34 in November but he would be the perfect mentor to the 1st Round WR they should also draft. If the Bears think a top WR cannot perform as a rookie, all they need to do is look at Julio Jones or A.J.Green. Wayne will also come with a much lower price tag for a shorter period of time. This move also would make Bennett better, Hester can go back to concentrating on returns, and Knox can have another year to recuperate.

    While they are at it, they may want to give a sniff to Dallas Clark. Yes, another old guy but this window ain’t staying open forever. Push your chips all in on 2012, Lovie!