Raiders request permission to interview Tice
Raiders request permission to interview Tice
By Brad Biggs, Tribune reporter
8:30 p.m. CST, January 17, 2012
The general manager job the Bears are working to fill might not be the only prominent position the organization needs to address for the coming season.
Itís now possible recently promoted offensive coordinator Mike Tice could be headed elsewhere.
According to a club and NFL sources, the Raiders have requested permission to interview Tice for their head coaching position. In accordance with NFL rules, the Bears must grant permission, unlike the move they made Monday when they blocked secondary coach Jon Hoke from interviewing with the Vikings for their defensive coordinator position.
Tice served as the head coach of the Vikings from the end of the 2001 season to 2005, compiling a 33-34 record including the postseason. Heís worked his way back up the ranks since and now is proving to be a hot commodity. The Titans wanted to interview Tice to be their offensive coordinator last year, a move the Bears blocked. Now, the 52-year-old has his first crack at a head job since his Vikings experience.
It does not appear that Tice has any direct connections to new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, although they did play against each other twice annually in the '80s when Tice was a tight end for the Seahawks and McKenzie a linebacker for the Raiders. McKenzie has cast a wide net in his search. The Raiders have already interviewed former Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles. McKenzie is expected to interview Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, Broncos coordinators Mike McCoy (offense) and Dennis Allen (defense) and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, defensive coordinator Dom Capers and linebackers coach Winston Moss also have been mentioned as possible candidates.
Tice, Capers and Mornhinweg are the only coaches in the mix right now with head coaching experience. Itís a new twist for the Raiders with longtime owner and general manager Al Davis deceased and McKenzie now calling the shots after he fired coach Hue Jackson.
Tice has been credited for his work with the Bearsí offensive line despite a makeshift collection of players. The Bears rushed for 2,015 yards this season, the franchiseís best performance since 1991. Bears coach Lovie Smith took only three days to promote Tice after parting ways with former offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
The Bears have been in the process of searching for a passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach and offensive line coach to work with Tice. Former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Greg Olson interviewed for the passing game coordinator role last week.
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Interesting move by the Raiders..
This is an interesting development and to me makes the hiring of Mike Tice as OC that much better of a move by the Bears if the Raiders are considering him to be head coach.
It would suck for the Bears to lose him, but they cannot block him from becoming a head coach.
Tice is a really good coach.
I don't really have a hard on for Tice as a half OC anyway. Just because another team wants him as a head coach isn't enough for me to see his value.
I like what he did with the O-Line, but after that, I'm not sold on him either way.
I could care less either way if he stays great if he goes ok. As faras him helping the O line, I just don't see it.
Originally Posted by Jimmors
If Tice takes a job with the Raiders he's crazier than a loon. The only team that seems to go through HC's faster is Miami. That is was one fucked up organization when Al ran it and now that his stupid kid is in charge all it will do is get worse.
Hue Jackson was the best coach they've had in years and he was groomed and hand picked by Al Davis. The old man dies and the kid fires Jackson because he thinks the guys who have been coaches there won't respect him because of the way Al used to treat him in front of them. He's so insecure that he has to build a wall around himself to hide behind and he'll let McKenzie be his henchman. McKenzie didn't fire Jackson, Davis Jr. did.
Of course they have to give permission for him to interview but just like DeCosta he doesn't have to accept the invitation. If he goes, he goes and we find ourselves another OC. What else can you do but like I said, he'd be 100% crazy to take the job. That organization is 100x worse than the Bears.
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Hope he stays... don't think we would get a better OC.
But this could be easier to get a new GM
If Tice interviews and accepts the job as HC of the Raiders, what are the odds we end up with Hue Jackson as OC.......
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