Found January 06, 2012 on
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BEARS NAME MIKE TICE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
LAKE FOREST, IL – The Chicago Bears promoted Mike Tice today, making him their offensive coordinator. Tice has spent the last two seasons as the Bears offensive line coach. This season, the Bears 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 was highest for the franchise since 1990.
“I’m excited to have Mike move into our offensive coordinator role,” said Head Coach Lovie Smith. “He has been a valuable member of our staff over the past two years and has an excellent track record in the NFL. He was very impressive in his job interview yesterday and shares the same vision I have for our offense moving forward. We want to be a strong running team with a big-play pass attack. Mike will call plays for us and continue to have an active role with our offensiv...
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