Mike Tice

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Mike Tice
Mike Tice 2014.jpg
Tice in 2014
Atlanta Falcons
Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-02-02) February 2, 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth: Bay Shore, New York
Career information
College: Maryland
Undrafted in 1981
Debuted in 1981 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 1995 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
  • Minnesota Vikings (1996)
    (tight ends coach)
  • Minnesota Vikings (1997–2001)
    (offensive line coach)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2001)
    (interim head coach)
  • Minnesota Vikings (2002–2005)
    (head coach)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2006)
    (assistant head coach/offense)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2007–2009)
    (assistant head coach/tight ends coach)
  • Chicago Bears (2010–2011)
    (offensive line coach)
  • Chicago Bears (2012)
    (offensive coordinator)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2014–present)
    (offensive line coach)
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season 32–33
Postseason 1–1
Career record 33–34
Coaching stats at pro-football-reference.com

Michael Peter Tice (born February 2, 1959) is the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002 to 2005. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Tice attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he played quarterback. He played tight end in the National Football League from 1981 to 1995 with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.

Coaching career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Immediately after his retirement, Tice joined the Vikings' coaching staff, serving first as tight ends coach (1996) and offensive line coach (1997–2001). Tice took over head coaching duties on an interim basis for the final game of the 2001 season, replacing Dennis Green. On January 10, 2002, Tice was officially named the 6th head coach in franchise history. (Bud Grant having been both 2nd and 4th.) He was also the first former Viking player to assume the role.

In 2002, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing for the first time in team history, and in 2003, they led the league in total offense for the first time. A season later, the Vikings broke team records with 6,339 total yards and 4,754 passing yards and scored 50 touchdowns.[2]

In March 2005, the NFL began to investigate Tice for organizing and profiting from a Super Bowl ticket scalping operation within the Vikings organization. He later admitted that these charges were true and the NFL fined him $100,000 on June 30, 2005. At the time it was the largest fine ever handed down to a head coach in NFL history.

Tice's contract with the Minnesota Vikings was allowed to expire after the last game of the 2005 season on January 1, 2006. The Vikings had just defeated the Chicago Bears, but a loss to the Baltimore Ravens eliminated the Vikings from playoff contention and effectively sealed Tice's fate. This was a twist of fate, as Tice's first game as a head coach came against the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, when Spergon Wynn quarterbacked the team to a 19-3 loss. During his tenure of more than four years as the Vikings head coach, he had a regular season record of 32-33-0, while going 1-1 in the playoffs. Also during his tenure, the Vikings recorded an NFL record for the most consecutive games with over 300 yards of offense with 36.[2]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Tice was hired as Assistant Head Coach/Offense of Jacksonville by Jack Del Rio, another former Viking.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On January 15, 2010, Tice was hired as Offensive Line coach for the Chicago Bears. On October 3, 2010 his offensive line allowed 9 sacks in one half to the New York Giants. On September 17, 2010, against the Cowboys, his line only gave up one sack and held DeMarcus Ware, one of the leading sackers since he came into the NFL, sackless.

On January 6, 2012, the Bears promoted Tice to offensive coordinator, filling the void left by the resignation of Mike Martz.[3]

On January 16, 2013 the Bears hired Marc Trestman to be the Bears new head coach after Lovie Smith was fired. It was also announced that the Bears had hired Aaron Kromer to replace Tice as Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. Tice was dismissed by the Bears on January 17, 2013.[4]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Tice was hired to be the Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach in January 2014.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIN 2001 0 1 0 .000 4th in NFC Central - - - -
MIN 2002 6 10 0 .375 2nd in NFC North - - - -
MIN 2003 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC North - - - -
MIN 2004 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC North 1 1 .500 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in Divisional Game.
MIN 2005 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC North - - - -
MIN Total 32 33 0 .492 1 1 .500
Total[6] 32 33 0 .492 1 1 .500

Personal life[edit]

Mike Tice is the older brother of John Tice, also a former tight end at the University of Maryland, who played ten seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. John was an assistant coach for the Vikings in Mike's tenure. His son, Nate, was a quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers.[7] During Mike's time with Seattle, his teammates referred to his eating style as "Mike Tice's Lunchout" in a humorous parody of the then popular video game, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!![8]

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Mike Tice has served:

Assistant coaches under Tice who have become NFL head coaches:

Assistant coaches under Tice who have become UFL head coaches:

Assistant coaches under Tice who have become NCAA head coaches:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dickerson, Jeff (January 15, 2010). "Bears hire Tice as O-line coach". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8930
  3. ^ Klemko, Robert (January 6, 2012). "Bears promote Mike Tice to offensive coordinator". USA Today. 
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 17, 2013). "Trestman in process of assembling coaching staff". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  5. ^ Falcons hire Mike Tice as offensive line coach
  6. ^ "MIke Tice Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  7. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/tag/_/name/mike-tice
  8. ^ Sheff, David. "Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World. Vintage, 1994. P 312. ISBN 0679736220.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Martz
Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator
2012
Succeeded by
Aaron Kromer