Raiders request permission to interview Mike Tice

The Chicago Bears have been seeking a passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach to work with Mike Tice.

There is a chance they will have to start a search for a new offensive coordinator.

That is because the Oakland Raiders have requested permission to interview Tice about their head-coaching vacancy, the Chicago Tribune reported. Tice was promoted by coach Lovie Smith to be the Bears’ offensive coordinator on Jan. 6, three days after Mike Martz parted ways with the team.

The Bears must grant permission because it is for a head job. On Monday, they blocked secondary coach Jon Hoke from interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings for their defensive coordinator position.

Tice, 52, served as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from the end of the 2001 season to 2005, compiling a 33-34 record, including postseason. He’s worked his way back up the ranks since and now is proving to be a hot commodity. The Tennessee Titans wanted to interview Tice to be their offensive coordinator last year, a move the Bears blocked.

Tice does not appear to have any direct connections to new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, although they did play against each other in the 80’s when Tice was a tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and McKenzie was a linebacker for the Raiders.

News came out today the Raiders are expected to interview Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The Raiders have already interviewed former Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles. Also on the list for the Raiders are Denver Broncos coordinators Mike McCoy (offense) and Dennis Allen (defense) and New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, defensive coordinator Dom Capers and linebackers coach Winston Moss have also been mentioned as possible candidates.

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