From 1996-2005, he was with the Vikings as their tight ends coach (1996), offensive line coach (1997-2001), interim head coach (2001) and head coach (2002-05). Tice then spent 2006-08 as the assistant head coach/tight ends coach with the Jaguars. In 2009, he moved to the Bears in 2009 to coach the offensive line.
Now, Tice has added offensive coordinator to his coaching resume – replacing Mike Martz on Lovie Smith’s staff with the Bears.
“When you finish the season, I always look at what I think we need to do to take another step,” Smith said this morning at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I thought this was what we needed to do – making a change at that position.
“As far as why I went with Mike Tice, in the last couple years I’ve had a chance to see Mike in a lot of different roles – just what he was able to do with the offensive line. I just thought what Mike believes in and what I really believe in to be a good fit for us and for our football team. I had a chance to go through the interview process with Mike and I like everything he did with it. That’s why I made the move as quick as I did.”
Tice went to training camp with the Seahawks in 1981 as a rookie quarterback. After a few passes, the former University of Maryland QB was switched to tight end and started 83 games in two stints with the team (1981-88 and 1990-91). A solid blocker in Chuck Knox’s offense, Tice was selected to the Seahawks’ 25th Anniversary team.