Bears rebuff Titans' request to meet with Mike Tice

The search goes on for Mike Munchak.

The new Tennessee Titans coach is finding out how difficult it is to assemble an offensive line when the owner makes up his mind and then changes it, leaving his team to look high and low for coaches.

The Titans officially requested permission to interview Mike Tice for their offensive coordinator position today, but the Chicago Bears denied it. That means Tice will return for at least one more season as the offensive line coach in Chicago. His contract runs through the 2011 season.

Munchak was rebuffed last week when he requested permission to meet with Bill Callahan, the New York Jets offensive line coach, ESPN reported.

Bears coach Lovie Smith has traditionally supported his assistants in situations where they have an opportunity for career advancement. But the Bears entrusted their line to Tice last year and they couldn’t afford to lose him. The team is expected to continue rebuilding the line this offseason. It’s unknown if Tice has been offered a raise or an extension.

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