As I pointed before the NFC title game, Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice could draw some interest, based on what he did this past season.
Now, a league source indicates that the Tennessee Titans are interested in him.
Bears coach Lovie Smith generally does not stand in the way of his assistants taking a promotion and Tice has never been a coordinator. When Mike Munchak was called upon to replace Jeff Fisher as Titans head coach, he relieved offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger of his duties. As a former offensive lineman and coach, Munchak certainly could recognize the job that Tice did with the Bears unit this past season.
But Tice is under contract to the Bears through the 2011 season, and he’s proven an important part of the team’s coaching staff. The Bears would have to give him permission to speak to the Titans.
The Titans were denied permission to speak to New York Jets assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan about the coordinator job on Thursday, ESPN reported.
NFL Network analyst Brian Billick called Tice’s coaching performance in 2010 “one of the great coaching jobs I’ve ever seen.”
“And it’s flown under the radar,” Billick told the Sun-Times. “With all the difficulties they had last year, for Mike to come in, size them up and say, ‘I can do it with this group.”’