Chicago Bears Fire Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice
Marc Trestman is looking to get a fresh start with the Chicago Bears as the team's new head coach, and he hasn't wasted any time. He has fired offensive coordinator Mike Tice and the team's other assistants.
Update: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 8:45 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
In addition to firing Tice, it appears the Bears are clearing house. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported additional moves via Twitter:
#Bears officially announce that Tice, Babich, Bates, DeBord, Drake, Holt and Spencer won't be retained.— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) January 18, 2013
This list includes linebacker coach Bob Babich, quarterback coach Jeremy Bates, tight end coach Mike DeBord, offensive line coach Tim Holt, wide receiver coach Darryl Drake and running back coach Tim Spencer.
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Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune first reported the news of the coaching changes via Twitter:
Source says Mike Tice (offensive coordinator), Tim Holt (offensive line) and Darryl Drake (wide receivers) have been let go by Bears.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 17, 2013
According to McClure, offensive line coach Tim Holt and wide receiver coach Darryl Drake have been let go as well. Drake has been with the organization since 2004.
Still, Tice is the most notable name in this group after spending four-plus seasons as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2001 to 2005.
After being fired from that position, he spent four years as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars before becoming offensive line coach with the Bears. Two years later, he replaced Mike Martz as the team's offensive coordinator.
Unfortunately, things did not go as expected in his only year running the offense. The Bears ranked No. 16 in the NFL in total points and only No. 28 in total offense.
Embarrassingly, the squad finished in the Top 10 in sacks allowed, which was supposed to be Tice's specialty coming into the job.
Lovie Smith was fired as head coach at the end of the season after missing the playoffs despite starting with a 7-1 record. It was unknown if Tice would join him on the unemployment line, but now it seems that the new coach will move on without him.
With plenty of experience in the NFL as both a player and a coach, however, it is likely that Tice will be able to find a job somewhere next season.
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