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Mike Tice
Offensive Coordinator

Biography

Mike Tice was promoted to offensive coordinator on January 6, 2012 after spending his first two seasons in Chicago (2010-11) as the Bears offensive line coach.
Mike Tice was promoted to offensive coordinator on January 6, 2012 after spending his first two seasons in Chicago (2010-11) as the Bears offensive line coach.
     
In 2011, Chicago's offensive line helped a Bears rushing attack produce 2,015 yards, just the second time they have eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark in the last 21 seasons. The Bears 4.4 rushing average in 2011 was highest for the franchise since 1990.
     
Prior to his time with the Bears, the 15-year NFL coaching veteran spent the previous four seasons in Jacksonville (2006-09) as the Jaguars assistant head coach, overseeing the tight ends for the last three years. In Tice's first two seasons in Jacksonville, the Jaguars rushing attack had the two of the most productive seasons in team history, gaining 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 yards in 2007, first and third respectively in team annals. Jacksonville set franchise records in 2007 for points (411), average yards per play (5.6) and touchdowns (50).
    
Before joining the Jaguars, Tice spent 14 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as a player and coach. After playing tight end for three seasons (1992-93, '95), he worked as tight ends coach in 1996 and offensive line coach from 1997-2001, before being promoted to head coach.
    
Tice compiled a 33-34 record as head coach, including 1-1 in the playoffs.
    
During his tenure as head coach of the Vikings, Tice helped lead Minnesota to a record of .500 or better in three of four seasons. In 2004, the Vikings offense established franchise records in total net yards (6,339) and passing yards (4,754) and the 50 touchdowns are fourth most in team history. The Vikings won their first road playoff game since 1997 during the postseason that year and three Minnesota players were named to the Pro Bowl (C Matt Birk, QB Daunte Culpepper and DT Kevin Williams).  
    
A year earlier (2003), the Vikings had their first winning season since 2000 and the team led the NFL in offense for the first time in franchise history (6,294 yards).
    
In his first year as head coach in 2002, Minnesota led the NFL in rushing for the first time in franchise history with 2,507 yards.
    
During Tice's tenure as head coach, the Vikings established an NFL record for most consecutive games with over 300 yards of offense with 36 from 2002-04.
    
As an offensive line coach, Tice tutored five different players - Birk, Jeff Christy, Randall McDaniel, Todd Steussie and Korey Stringer - to 10 Pro Bowl appearances. In 1998, when the Vikings scored a then NFL-record 556 points, three Minnesota offensive linemen started in the Pro Bowl.
    
As a player, Tice appeared in 177 games, catching 107 passes for 894 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks (1981-88, 1990-91), Washington Redskins (1989) and Minnesota Vikings (1992-93, 95).
    
Tice was born in Bayshore, New York and attended Central Islip High School in Long Island, lettering in football, basketball and lacrosse. He played football under current University of Central Florida head coach George O'Leary. In college, Tice was a quarterback at the University of Maryland (1977-80) starting two seasons (1979-80).
    
Tice and his wife, Diane, have two children, Adrienne and Nathan, who is a graduate assistant with the University of Pittsburgh football team.  
    
Tice's brother, John, played for the New Orleans Saints from 1983-92.

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