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Tice promoted to offense coordinator in Chicago

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Mike Tice is moving on up.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports Tice, the Bears’ offensive line coach, will be promoted to offensive coordinator for the first time in his career. Glazer’s news comes directly on the heels of news that Tice would “interview” for the job, but it sounds like the decision has already been made.

Glazer writes that Tice will be paired with a “passing game” coach, with Tice in charge of the running game and holding the coordinator title. Tice will call the plays. The Bears reportedly want a “ground-based” approach which sounds like good news for Matt Forte.

It was believed that Tice gained more influence last season at the expense of former coordinator Mike Martz. He’s never been a coordinator, but the Bears blocked his chance to interview for a coordinator’s job in Tennessee last year.

That move indicated they had bigger plans for Tice. Now they are making it happen.

UPDATE 11:40 a.m. ET: The Bears officially confirmed the news.

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  1. pack4ever says: Jan 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    As long as he’s not the head coach, should be a fine move for the bears.

  2. comeonnowguys says: Jan 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    Well, there goes any chance for a decent GM.

  3. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    Mistake by the lake.

  4. joetoronto says: Jan 6, 2012 11:38 AM

    Meathead got a promotion, really?

  5. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 6, 2012 11:39 AM

    LMAO

  6. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 6, 2012 11:41 AM

    Like this comment if you think this was a good choice, thumbs down if you don’t.

  7. nobisoreal says: Jan 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    Well no one can deny a report that Jay Glazer has righten.

  8. joemac1114 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    Glazers rights? And you’re writing for a living?

  9. aemanue1 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    Good for Forte. Good for the Offensive line. This is great for the Bears. Although it does leave a big question mark with the passing game. Lots of money for the new GM to spend on with almost 28M left. Figure Forte gets about 8M/year. That leaves 20M to spend on free agents…..

    We can win next year.

  10. MedCityBob says: Jan 6, 2012 11:42 AM

    Good for him. Well deserved. He made
    something out of nothing with the patched
    up OL……….

  11. jerrygogo says: Jan 6, 2012 11:43 AM

    Hopefully he doesn’t sell any of his tickets.

  12. a2056 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:44 AM

    Glazer rights that Tice will be paired with a “passing game”….

  13. insertnamehere2 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:46 AM

    How can the Bears do this while searching for a GM or should I say Puppet?

  14. niubears says: Jan 6, 2012 11:47 AM

    Did Jay Cutler just get promoted to QB/Passing game coordinator?

  15. lrt79 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:48 AM

    Good news. It was Tice jumping down Martz’s throat for calling plays that made his o-line look worse than they were (“hey, here’s an idea, we have a really bad offensive line. So let’s call 10 7-step drops in a row!”).

    It was Tice who was responsible for Martz dialing it down and calling plays that actually work in the offense.

    Should be a good move.

  16. ztrain84 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:48 AM

    Let’s hope he doesn’t go celebrating on a boat.

  17. 8man says: Jan 6, 2012 11:48 AM

    The Meathead moves up.

  18. textexington says: Jan 6, 2012 11:49 AM

    This is great news!!! Packers>Bears.Go Pack Go!

  19. dablitz2 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:49 AM

    This is a rerun of the 2008 Lions. Rod Marinelli’s Tampa 2 defense + Mike Martz leaving + promoting the offensive line coach to offensive coordinator = well….you know.

  20. dragonfly99 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:50 AM

    Now they need to find a GM candidate who’ll have to accept that the quarterback, head coach, and offensive coordinator are all untouchable. Good Luck finding good candidates who will accept all that.

  21. mycrackie says: Jan 6, 2012 11:50 AM

    Not a bad move, I think they’ll be fine.

  22. brenenostler says: Jan 6, 2012 11:51 AM

    Whether he does good or bad, he’ll be fired in two years.

  23. chillyp says: Jan 6, 2012 11:52 AM

    Mike Tice Offensive Guru sounds like an Oxymoron.

  24. charmcityhasnonegoravensanyway says: Jan 6, 2012 11:52 AM

    try proofreading. did glasses RIGHT it or WRITE it

  25. westmantooth says: Jan 6, 2012 11:53 AM

    Is it me or does it seem like the Raiders are the only team doing the right things early this off season?

  26. buhbay1c says: Jan 6, 2012 11:54 AM

    Just wondering if any packer fans can tell me where Tice’s only playoff victory as a head coach occurred?

  27. mialto says: Jan 6, 2012 11:54 AM

    I thought there was a priority order for Bears (NFL teams):

    GM TBD -> HC Lovie -> OC. TBD -> QBC TBD

    Good news for Cutler, Tice will keep him upright.

    Can the Bears fire the PR department? Their awful.

  28. themanchine says: Jan 6, 2012 11:59 AM

    He’s never been a coordinator,

    Technically, wasn’t he the ST coordinator before being the Head Coach in Minny?

  29. b00rad says: Jan 6, 2012 12:00 PM

    I hope this is an early April fools joke

  30. nosferatu1341 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:01 PM

    HA!!!!!!!!
    Mike Tice really, that’s the best they can do? Thanks to the crew at Halas Hall for making yet another well thought out informed decision. Now if we could only get Fontes and Chilly back in the division you could almost guarantee a sweep of the NFC North every year.

  31. jutts says: Jan 6, 2012 12:03 PM

    Maybe Lovie finally got it right. This has got to be Lovie’s last shot. This will be his , what, 4th OC?

  32. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 6, 2012 12:04 PM

    charmcityhasnonegoravensanyway says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:52 AM
    try proofreading. did glasses RIGHT it or WRITE it
    __________

    I think it’s Glazer, not glasses.

  33. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 6, 2012 12:05 PM

    It’s always a good sign when you hire an offensive coordinator and immediately have to find someone who understands the passing game to help him.

  34. KIR says: Jan 6, 2012 12:06 PM

    Did they sign Forte? I thought he’s easily replaceable with little value

  35. packfaninchitown says: Jan 6, 2012 12:07 PM

    They certainly weren’t going to find someone on the outside to fill the slot.

  36. jeffchadwick says: Jan 6, 2012 12:08 PM

    With a brain trust like Marinelli-Tice, how can the Bears possibly lose?

  37. perno13 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:08 PM

    Passing OC and Running OC? Hell it’s worth a shot, they did have a great running game this year.

  38. packfaninchitown says: Jan 6, 2012 12:10 PM

    buhbay1c says:

    Just wondering if any packer fans can tell me where Tice’s only playoff victory as a head coach occurred?
    _________________________________
    We don’t speak of such things… :)

  39. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 6, 2012 12:11 PM

    SMH. Seriously, that’s the best you can come up with?!

    Nothings changed…yet another Chicago team blowing smoke up the cities’ (you know what). Just like the Cubs & Sox. You have us all excited with all this talk about lining up interviews with this person and that, then promote from within after yet another mediocre season.

    I’ve got a sneaky suspicion they aren’t going to hire a GM. Lovie will take over the duties.

  40. gridassassin says: Jan 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    Jeremy Bates is their guy – history with Jay – and I welcome this move for the next year or two.

    Then the whole thing is being blown up imho.

    No Urlacher, Tillman, Briggs, Peppers after the ’13 season = ZERO defensive core.

  41. sfkforever says: Jan 6, 2012 12:20 PM

    i swear why does chicago make everything seem so difficult….

  42. minkytails says: Jan 6, 2012 12:22 PM

    It’s almost like all the other teams in the NFC North WANT the Packers to win the division every year.

  43. riverace19 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:24 PM

    Bahahahahaha….
    I just have to chuckle.
    The rest of the teams in the NFC North don’t have to worry about the Bears next year (again)

  44. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2012 12:28 PM

    Lets see, never been an OC before, never been a QB coach before, limited coordination duties to the O-line, wasn’t a good game day decision-making coach as a MN HC, and dividing up the offensive coordination between passing and running coordinators – yet leaving the running coordinator to call the plays? Yeah, this should work.

  45. bubba9er says: Jan 6, 2012 12:28 PM

    Ask the Eagles how well promoting OL coaches as first-time coordinators turns out…

    At least he will be coordinating on the same side of the ball that he played/coached before.

  46. fergie22 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:29 PM

    and the song remains the same good luck finding a gm that will take the job with no power to make things right ted phillips and george must think the fans are stupid well we have a shot at robert griffin 111 next year for sure

  47. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    Welcome the the lame duck session in Chicago :/

    If the Bears do not make it into at least the playoffs next year Phillips on down needs to go. This is nuts.

  48. dablitz2 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:31 PM

    Was Jim Colletto unavailable?

  49. minkytails says: Jan 6, 2012 12:32 PM

    Weather this move is write or wrong, it should make four an interesting 2012 seize in.

  50. 13forgbp says: Jan 6, 2012 12:33 PM

    Allow me to speak for all Packer Fans……..HA!!!!!

  51. commonsensedude says: Jan 6, 2012 12:34 PM

    He might not be able to take his team to the Superbowl, but, at least he can get them tickets.

  52. cannonballdookie says: Jan 6, 2012 12:35 PM

    Hopefully he will have Forte to run this offense next year, if not they done goofed.

  53. urlacherbacker says: Jan 6, 2012 12:35 PM

    Well, I guess that is interesting…

    I think the only thing that would be shocking at this point is if Josh McDaniels were invited to town.

    Like most other comments it seems to me that they are doing this backwards.

    Ho, hum…Go bears?

  54. bears8654 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    I always thought it was going to be tice along, I’m a fan of the promotion. good luck.

  55. shorttracknews says: Jan 6, 2012 12:40 PM

    As a Chicago fan I have to say the Bears are a bigger joke today then they were a month ago….if that’s even possible. When you get rid of a GM it’s time to clean house fully. They don’t bring back Martz yet keep Lovie knowing full well any new GM (any good GM at least) will want his own people in place. With what he had to work with, Tice has done a good job making changes the last 2 years with the O-Line after horrible starts (and losing a couple starters to injury this year) but OC??? Really??? All they need to do now is promote Tim Ruskell to GM and the Titanic is ready to set sail.

  56. vikingdoode says: Jan 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    While at MN the offense was pretty good, under Tice. Just a matter of the players making plays not curling up Cutler style. Liked Mike here in MN actually a real good guy…Beat the Pack twice and Lions but not the Vikes…

  57. mrplow3 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:42 PM

    Daunte Culpepper may have just earned himself a back up QB job.

  58. ninersrule says: Jan 6, 2012 12:43 PM

    Mike Tice is a bonehead

  59. fwippel says: Jan 6, 2012 12:48 PM

    Tice is a good guy, but he is first and foremost an offensive line coach, and a good one. It’s hard to gage his success in Minnesota as HC; that team had a young Randy Moss, and effective Daunte Culpepper and a solid OL.

    I wish him well. For his sake, I hope the Bears can either re-sign a healthy Matt Forte, or find a solid replacement.

  60. Nevis says: Jan 6, 2012 12:53 PM

    If you’re going to bother with Vikings leftovers, why not Billick?

    I don’t get the Bears and haven’t for years. I see no change until Lovie is gone. He’s a good coach, but sometimes knots get too big and you have to blow it up.

  61. footballmaven says: Jan 6, 2012 12:54 PM

    He’ll be trottin’ out the “Devin ratio” anytime now…..

  62. davikes says: Jan 6, 2012 12:55 PM

    Tice’ offensive strategy when he was the HC in MN was “smash mouth football” and the “Randy Ratio”. Only problem was the Vikes were built for speed on the carpet and if you tell teams you’re going to throw it to Randy all the time it’s easier to cover him. So Tice failed here. But “smash mouth” football makes a lot more sense at Soldier Field, and the line seems better at run blocking than pass blocking, so maybe it will work. Now we just have to wait for Cutler to hire his passing coordinator. And if it all fails next year we would gladly take Tice as our line coach.

  63. asublimeday says: Jan 6, 2012 12:55 PM

    Bahahahahaha….
    I just have to chuckle.
    The rest of the teams in the NFC North don’t have to worry about the Bears next year (again)
    —————–

    Are you referring to the bears kicking the lions teeth in? Or sweeping Minnesota? Or playing green bay close when healthy?

    Yeah, nobodys worried. Moron.

  64. pistolsmoke says: Jan 6, 2012 12:57 PM

    As a Vikings fan I have to say after seeing our last two coaches, I really miss Mike Tice. At least he had a personality and was respected by the players. The one big mistake he made was trusting Culpepper to be the franchise and allowing him to trust Dante that he could lead this team without Randy Moss.

  65. asublimeday says: Jan 6, 2012 12:58 PM

    I absolutely cannot wait for new Orleans to stomp the kittens and boogers in the playoffs. Should shut you trolls up for at least a week.

  66. raven410 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:00 PM

    Time for a boat party!

  67. arpym says: Jan 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    Didn’t see that coming after having little to no intrest in the position and having to settle on Martz. I’ll be equally suprised when they announce Tim Ruskell is being promoted to GM (due to little to no intrest from outside).
    I’m glad the Bears are making changes to improve… oh wait, this is just more of the same.

  68. test2402 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    Let him try to keep up with Tim Tebow.

  69. tombradysponytail says: Jan 6, 2012 1:14 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jan 6, 2012 12:04 PM
    charmcityhasnonegoravensanyway says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:52 AM
    try proofreading. did glasses RIGHT it or WRITE it
    __________

    I think it’s Glazer, not glasses.

    ____

    Are you the new grammar cop? Taking over for the MIA phantom.

    Funny, his vikes go bellyup and all of a sudden you don’t hear from phantom anymore…

  70. notthekiller says: Jan 6, 2012 1:18 PM

    C Pep wants to come back to you Mike T, he heard theres a rocking boat party on Lake Michigan!

  71. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 6, 2012 1:18 PM

    dragonfly99 says:Jan 6, 2012 11:50 AM

    Now they need to find a GM candidate who’ll have to accept that the quarterback, head coach, and offensive coordinator are all untouchable. Good Luck finding good candidates who will accept all that.
    __________________________________

    It’s no secret that Lovie Dovie has next year to get it done, and anything short of the Lombardi may get him the axe.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    bubba9er says:Jan 6, 2012 12:28 PM

    Ask the Eagles how well promoting OL coaches as first-time coordinators turns out…

    At least he will be coordinating on the same side of the ball that he played/coached before.
    __________________________________

    He was a tight ends coach when he first joined the Vikings eons ago, and he has seen enough offense over the years to probably handle the role.

    The guy does come off as a dopey meathead, but I think he’ll get more respect after next year if the Bears can do some damage…God knows the division will be maybe the toughest in football.

    I still say Cutler isn’t the QB to take the Bears to the Super Bowl, and yes, I know Grosswoman did.

    Bears fans better hope Forte gets a contract done and comes back in good shape.

  72. justaintrightisit says: Jan 6, 2012 1:21 PM

    So now they need a passing guru? bring back Jimmy Mac to do the passing side of the offense, that would be a sure fire way to rise to the top.

  73. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:22 PM

    Oh yeah..this ought to work. LOL

    Lovie Smith should just fire himself now.

  74. gb4mn0 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:27 PM

    buhbay1c says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:54 AM
    Just wondering if any packer fans can tell me where Tice’s only playoff victory as a head coach occurred?

    ————————————————-

    Aside from you purple puke dummies who are left with nothing but memories to relive, who else cares?

    Lets see, the last time I counted which team has more trophies of the only one that matters it was still GB4, MN a big fat ZERO.

    Skoal metaphysical slavery!

  75. tgifinley88 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:30 PM

    I can only hope this means Tice will employ the Roy (Williams) Ratio in his offense.

  76. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:31 PM

    Have fun with that one!!!
    HA HA HA HA HA

  77. drr434 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:32 PM

    Are you kidding me? So you’re going from the failed Martz Project to an individual who has never been an OC and needs to be paired with a passing coach?
    This is going to be Lovie’s ticket out of town. I can’t see this going well, especially due to the current roster. The Bears are making this GM job really attreactive. I can’t wait to see who they waste another first round pick on.

  78. uwsptke says: Jan 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    buhbay1c says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:54 AM
    Just wondering if any packer fans can tell me where Tice’s only playoff victory as a head coach occurred?

    ========================

    Can you tell me where the location of the Vikings trophy case is? What’s that? It’s empty?!

    Instead of the Randy Ratio, will he employ the Forte Formula? The Cutler Quotient?

  79. packerfan12 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:46 PM

    As a Packer fan it pains me to say this, but Cutler was having an outstanding season, why change up offenses now?

  80. glenne81 says: Jan 6, 2012 1:49 PM

    you read this here first.

    Mike Tice will be a Head Coach again in 3 years.

    he would still be a head coach if he wouldnt have called out Chrissy Hovan on national TV. Hovan then stabbed back by exposing the ticket scalping. (which btw was done by everyone in the league)

    the guy is a football coach. plain and simple.

  81. fground says: Jan 6, 2012 1:52 PM

    Tice did a pretty good job in Minnesota considering the ownership. Red McCombs was incredibly cheap. McCombs wouldn’t even allow Tice to hire a full complement of coaches.

    Tice knows offence…good hire…just pay him enough so he doesn’t have to scalp tickets to make ends meet.

  82. commandercornpone says: Jan 6, 2012 2:01 PM

    mike tice is in charge. tickets are on sale!

  83. beedubyatoo says: Jan 6, 2012 2:07 PM

    Tice’s son Nate is a senior QB at Wisconsin and always had the headphones on. He was the last one to speak to Russell Wilson prior to Wilson running onto the field. Maybe he’ll be the passing game guru while the old man handles the running game.

  84. Christian says: Jan 6, 2012 2:09 PM

    So who’s charged now with keeping that o-line together with spit and baling wire?

  85. pigskinswag says: Jan 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    They should just bring in Matt Millen to be the GM so they can complete this trainwreck

  86. adantsa says: Jan 6, 2012 2:13 PM

    The return of the pencil!

  87. pekkle007 says: Jan 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    Say it with me now. Super Bowl Super Bears! Super Bowl Super Bears!

  88. realfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2012 2:23 PM

    yea, this will end well for you, Lovie.

  89. gdeli says: Jan 6, 2012 2:36 PM

    melonheaded moronic love boat captain but still had a better record than leslie. ha

  90. swensose says: Jan 6, 2012 2:37 PM

    Great so Cutler will be on his 5th off. coor. next season. And you know the Bears are promoting Ruskell to GM or will just let Lovie be the GM. This SUCKS!

  91. Slackmo says: Jan 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    Brad Childress could be co-OC and Chicago would have the Minnie Meathead Chilly Attack!

  92. markuh says: Jan 6, 2012 2:46 PM

    Glazer righting that Tice will be paired with a “passing game” is the write decision.

  93. tombradysponytail says: Jan 6, 2012 2:47 PM

    uwsptke says:
    Jan 6, 2012 1:42 PM
    buhbay1c says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:54 AM
    Just wondering if any packer fans can tell me where Tice’s only playoff victory as a head coach occurred?

    ========================

    Can you tell me where the location of the Vikings trophy case is? What’s that? It’s empty?!

    ________

    At one point they did have the 1969 Ed Thorp Memorial NFL Champtionship trophy in their trophy case, but, they lost it. Not sure we can trust them with another one. Not there’s much risk of that…

  94. cmmnsense says: Jan 6, 2012 2:54 PM

    This is a good move for Chicago. Tice would have been a great HC in MN if cheap ass McCombs would have spent more money on a legitimate NFL staff to surround him. Go Tice!

  95. snaponrules says: Jan 6, 2012 3:02 PM

    You know, some days its really tough being a Bears fan.

    But in reality I dont think they were going to have many choices when it came to O.C. Much like when we got stuck with martz. No decent O.C. was going to come in the Chicago with only a 1 year shot.
    The GM I think will be fine because even the good GM’s would put up with somebody else’s head coach for 1 year. Simply because if he doesn’t get you everything you want, fire him the next year and bring in all the people you want.

  96. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 6, 2012 3:06 PM

    When Tice was in MN, Red wouldn’t pay for an OC to replace Linehan, so Steve Loney had to be both offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. I have to think Tice had a lot of input into calling plays that year.

  97. wilnel1984 says: Jan 6, 2012 3:09 PM

    footballmaven nailed it!

    Either there will be a “Devin Ratio”, “Matt Ratio” or they’ll bring Moss out of retirement to re-create the amazing “Randy Ratio” from his stint with the Vikes.

    They have to get a passing coordinator? Offensive coordinator by committee. I am sure that will work out greeeeeaaat.

  98. jasncondit says: Jan 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    Tice only did a good job on offense when he had Randy Moss. They have nobody at WR to make Tice look good. As a Lions fan this is great news! Looks like Detroit and Greenbay will be fighting it out for the next 10 years! Minnesota and Chicago will be the AZ and Seattle of the division…lol

  99. pftstory says: Jan 6, 2012 3:26 PM

    Not thinking tice is a great move either.

    How about this question? What other players did the Bears lose beside Olsen, because they went with an OC, who as it turns out, they obviously did not believe in?

  100. skolvikesskol says: Jan 6, 2012 3:45 PM

    Wow! This is the same guy who got his playbook stolen in ny for the 40 burger playoff game… This mustve been a ploy by the vikes to keep the nfc n down. Now all we need is chilli is to become the oc in gb and frazier the dc in det an the prophecy will b complete…

  101. jimmysee says: Jan 6, 2012 4:22 PM

    Kind of a wacky plan.

  102. truebearsfan011 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:00 PM

    You guys are stupid for saying Mike Tice is not capable of being offensive coordinator and ignorant for saying he never has been, before the Bears he was an OC for the Jaguars an they had the best offensive stats the ever have, you are a real fan you would be worried about the bears hiring a decent quarterback coach

  103. truebearsfan011 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:07 PM

    Why are you all mentioning Tice’s MN career those were his first years as a coach in the NFL

  104. mnvikes7897 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:02 PM

    Hell yeah. I miss him in MN. He took us to the playoffs with nothing but Moss and Culpepper and few free agents.

  105. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 6, 2012 6:21 PM

    uwsptke says:
    Jan 6, 2012 1:42 PM
    Instead of the Randy Ratio, will he employ the Forte Formula? The Cutler Quotient?
    _____

    Stolen from The Common Man Progrum!

  106. dd393 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:38 PM

    All the pieces of the puzzle are in place. Except for dirt instead of grass on Soldier Field.

  107. grannyvi4 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:48 AM

    @gb4mno: Aaaah, I was wondering where you’ve been hiding. I haven’t seen your insane ramblings lately. Were you on your meds for a few days?

    Nice to know you’re still alive. Now, please be quiet and let the adults speak.

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