Fact or Fiction: Mike Tice is in over his head as a playcaller.
Interesting. What do you guys think?
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http://assets.espn.go.com/i/nfl/fh/3rddown_55.pngFact or Fiction: Mike Tice is in over his head as a playcaller. Jeff Dickerson: Fiction. To say that would be disrespectful to Tice, a 15-year NFL coaching veteran. The Bears are 7-2, after all. But the Bears offense needs to improve, that much is clear. As the offensive coordinator Tice is ultimately responsible for the product on the field, but he can't control when a receiver or tight end drops a pass, the quarterback throws an interception, or an offensive lineman whiffs on a block. It's a group effort. Tice isn't the only one out there who needs to get better.
Scott Powers: Fiction. The main factor in the Bears' offensive struggles is still the line. Tice has to build a game plan that needs to protect his quarterback, most importantly, and then design plays that can be executed quickly. Of course, Cutler's decision-making also often factors into the offense's struggle. I'm not saying Tice is some offensive genius, but the Bears do have plenty of flaws on that side of the ball.
Michael C. Wright: Fiction. Tice's playcalling didn't result in Brandon Marshall dropping a catchable ball in the end zone, Kellen Davis' fumble or Cutler's two interceptions in the first half against the Texans. Tice can dial up the plays, but it's up to the players to execute them. That's not to say Tice hasn't struggled through the first nine games. He definitely has. But he's not in over his head. Tice has coached in the NFL 17 years and has been a head coach. He's experienced enough to handle the title he's carrying now. Does he need to improve? Absolutely, even Tice would say that. But he's not in over his head.
Jon Greenberg: Fiction. He's pretty tall. Tice hasn't been the savior we all wished for in replacing Mike Martz. He's definitely still in a transition phase calling plays for the first time as an offensive coordinator. Martz was legendary at designing plays to get guys open, but he couldn't adapt to a changing league and the Bears' limited personnel. Tice doesn't quite have the feel for this team yet, and the Bears' first-quarter woes signify his struggles to formulate a game plan. Maybe he doesn't have the creativity for this job, but I'd like to think he's getting better every week, and hey, his guys on the line didn't give up a sack last week against Houston, so some things are improving. It'll be interesting to see how he calls plays if Campbell starts in San Francisco.