It’s not his first rodeo, but 2012 will mark the first time in 15 years Mike Tice will be calling NFL plays.
Despite a league-wide trend of installing quarterbacks coaches as Offensive Coordinators, Chicago bucked the norm and named former offensive line coach as their top offensive mind.
It could be the final step to a much-needed offensive renovation for the Chicago Bears.
“He’s an intense coach,” said offensive lineman Roberto Garza. “You know where you stand with. It’s going to be good for everybody.”
Tice’s promotion marks the third Bears offensive coordinator in four years, and follows the two year reign of Mike Martz.
Though many are praising the decision, Quarterback Jay Cutler isn’t expecting his relationship with Tice to become another bromance -- the way it was with Martz. But he’s hopeful.
“I’ve seen Mike explode on guys, talk to them quietly,” said Cutler. “I think Mike does a real good job of knowing what you need, what kind of player you are- if you’re a ‘yell at him’ type of guy or a ‘pull him’ aside’ type of guy.”
Many see Tice as a tense, straight edge coach with a knack for details, but there’s more to him than the stiff many see on camera.
The basket-toting bike rider said he tells his players “he’s comfortable in his own skin.”