Landing Tice? It’s nice

INDIANAPOLIS – Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was first up at the podium on Friday at the NFL scouting combine, and part of his Q&A session at Lucas Oil Stadium turned into a Lovie-fest when the topic turned to former Seahawks tight end Mike Tice.

“Mike Tice is one of the best offensive line coaches in the game,” Smith said. “He’s been in the NFC North, so he knows the division well.

“He brings toughness and expertise to our offensive line.”

After Tice was done playing for the Seahawks (1981-88, 1990-91), he started his coaching career with the Minnesota Vikings – first as tight ends coach and later as the O-line coach and head coach for the Bears’ division rival. He then moved to the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he also coached the O-line.

The Seahawks will play the Bears in Chicago this season.

Tice, who was hired by Smith last month, is part of a new-look Bears staff that also includes former Rams head coach Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator. Martz served a stint as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, as well.

“I put this staff together, so I feel good about it,” Smith said when asked about having so many “cooks” in his pigskin kitchen. “Ex-head coaches bring a lot of knowledge, and that’s a good thing. That’s all good for the Bears.”

Not to mention a former tight end for the Seahawks.

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