The Bears are bringing Mike Tice to Chicago as their offensive line coach, the Tribune has learned. The team was very aggressive in negotiations and struck a deal quickly.
"I'm excited, really excited," Tice said.
The former head coach of the Vikings had been working in Jacksonville as the assistant head coach/tight ends coach. The Jaguars gave the Bears permission to talk to Tice when it was unclear whether or not their staff would be retained.
Since that time, the Jaguars have decided to retain their coaching staff.
A source said Tice would like to be in the Midwest so he could be closer to his children.
Although earlier this week Michael C Wright from the Florida Times Union wrote that the change might can be good for offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter; I think this is a bad news for the Jaguars. The tight end position was a weapon for the Jaguars in 2009. Marcedes Lewis played like a 1st round pick as pass catcher too-in fact: he was the primary target in the second half. Rookie Zach Miller also developed pretty well to that X-factor/reilable TE target what the Jaguars though he could might be. And even Ernest Wilford was someone the Jaguars can counted on-which is quite something after what he (not) did in Miami.
I hope Jack Del Rio can find a quality replacement for the position. Although I have doubt that the Jaguars can have a such good caliber coach (as well as for the RB coaching positiion) what Mike Tice (and Kennedy Pola) was for this team.
Good luck in the 'windy city" Mike; and thanks for everything!