When Mike Tice was fired along with the rest of the Bears’ coaching staff at the end of last season, he hoped to catch on with another NFL team. But Tice, the former Vikings head coach who has spent his entire life around football, couldn’t find any takers.
Tice told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he “absolutely” wants to keep coaching in the NFL, and that he thought he might get a job as some team’s offensive line coach this year. But that didn’t happen for him, and younger coaches got the jobs he had an eye on.
“When the offensive line jobs dried up, I was sitting there,” Tice said. “There were a few things that came up but those jobs got filled up by other coaches, most notably younger coaches. I joined the Y. I’m trying to look young.”
Since entering the league as a 22-year-old rookie tight end in 1981, Tice has been a player or coach in the NFL every season but one.