Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice arrived in town and will interview for an assistant coaching position with the Bears Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
It is unclear if Tice is interviewing for the offensive coordinator job, but he has a strong background working with offensive linemen and tight ends. All three positions are vacant.
I highlighted Tice on Tuesday because he makes a lot of sense for the Bears. They clearly need to improve along the offensive line, but they may not have the resources to upgrade on the unit through free agency or the draft. That puts a premium on a coach who can teach, and Tice is one of the league's best.
Tice, presently the Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach and tight ends coach, would give the Bears another former head coach from the NFC North. Bears assistant head coach Rod Marinelli, who oversees the defensive line, was the former head coach of the Detroit Lions.
A former NFL tight end, Tice is credited with the development of perennial Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, a former Viking sixth-round pick who is now with the Baltimore Ravens.
While in Minnesota, Tice helped Jeff Christy, Todd Steussie and Korey Stringer earn Pro Bowl spots. Tice, who also had hall of fame guard Randall McDaniel on his unit, then developed Birk into a Pro Bowl player after Christy departed via free agency.