NFL Network and Fox analyst Brian Billick gave another ringing endorsement of Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Billick, a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Baltimore Ravens, was Tice's position coach for two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (1992-93). He was the offensive coordinator in 1995 when he talked Tice into coming out of retirement for the final three games of the regular season, then hired Tice as a tight ends coach the following season.
''Mike is going to do a great job,'' Billick said. ''He's going to bring a mentality -- Mike has a complete view of the game. Remember he was a head coach, and Mike has a bigger view of the game, and he has a certain mentality that is going and that's why in my opinion Lovie [Smith] made him the offensive coordinator because he wants that mentality.
''They're going to run the ball. They're going to be physical. They need some things. They need an outside receiver to give Jay Cutler - the best thing that ever happened to the Chicago Bears was Jay Cutler getting hurt because now the fans who were on him, now without him they're going, 'Oh no, no, no. We were a lot better off with him. So he's kind of pushed that off, we're not going to hear as much of that chatter I don't think.
''If they can get an outside receiver threat ... they're going to throw the ball plenty well, but that toughness that Mike brings to it, that's just what Lovie Smith wants to do in Chicago, so I think Mike will do a great job.''