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.