Nearly a week after the Raiders requested to interview Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, the Raiders have apparently had a change of heart.
ChicagoBears.com writes that Tice will not interview for Oakland’s head coaching position after all. The Raiders are focusing on narrowing their search at this stage. Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is interviewing for a second time.
“I was disappointed I wasn’t able to complete the interview process,” Tice told Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com. “But let me say this: I’m very excited about the opportunity and the new position I have with the Bears. I strongly believe everything happens for a reason. And I think there are some great reasons to be in Chicago.”
It would be fun to see Tice get another crack at a head coaching gig, although he was clearly a long shot for the Oakland job. The Bears are expected to add a coach with more passing game experience to their staff to assist Tice in running the offense.