According to multiple sources including NFL insider Jay Glazer, Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice will be promoted to offensive coordinator, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Mike Martz.
Apparently the arrangement will involve another voice, with Glazer saying a “passing game” coach will work closely with Tice while Tice handles the running game. Tice, however, will hold the coordinator title.
Tice knows the importance of running the football to protect franchise quarterback Jay Cutler and to control the tempo of the game. He had limited play calling as head coach in Minnesota.
At first thought, Cutler’s quarterbacks coach in Denver, Jeremy Bates, whom the Bears sought to interview two years ago for the offensive coordinator position, could be the ideal choice to fill the “passing game” coaching role.
More details and analysis to come later.