He laid it out like this Wednesday at Halas Hall:
** "In a season, when you run three-step drops, you should have no sacks at the end of the season. To give up three in one game is totally unacceptable."
** "It's hard to chip bull rushes, because a guy is down the middle of the guy. At a certain point, a player [and] man has to grit his teeth, buck up and win a fight."
** "The concerns offensively -- the lack of rhythm, the lack of the fast stats, the lack of success on first down [are] still haunting us."
** "We're evaluating our guys to see what's going to give us a best chance to succeed and do some of the things we're trying to accomplish offensively."
Asked about changes on the offensive line, Tice didn't rule anything out for Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
One change is known, though. Chris Spencer should play after starting left guard Chilo Rachal left the team for personal reasons and was placed on the reserve/left squad list on Wednesday.
But more may be coming.
"We're looking at everything," Tice said.
What's clear is the Bears' have had enough
The Bears can no longer just hope for progress from their offensive line when many signs - especially against quality teams like the San Francisco 49ers - indicate that it's their ineffectiveness that's the primary reason for their team being ranked 30th in total offense after 11 weeks.
Tice's game plans have been criticized for being predictable and unimaginative - "I have to have better results," he said - but to be fair it's difficult to execute a game plan when the line fails to execute pass protections and run plays.
"It affects everything," wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. "That's where the game is won -- in the trenches."
So what else happens up front?
Tackles J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi both struggled Monday night. According to Pro Football Focus, Webb allowed three sacks and five quarterback hurries, while Carimi gave up three sacks, a QB hurry and a QB hit.
But veteran Jonathan Scott can only replace one of them. If anything, Tice intimated that it's Carimi who needs the most work, while with Webb it's strictly his hands.
"I'm not trying to be a jerk, but [it's] all of the above," said Tice when asked what Carimi needs to improve. "He's a young player. He gets all worked up and he doesn't settle down and it compounds. It's happened more than once."
Scott said Wednesday he was unaware of any forthcoming changes at tackle.
"I'm aware of the business of the NFL, it's definitely day-to-day," Scott said. "This is my seventh year so if the opportunity presents itself, I'll just definitely be ready."
Of course, Webb and Carimi also have started every game this season for a reason. Another option is more max protection -- which they used against the Houston Texans -- but that also puts limitations on play-calling. Coach Lovie Smith also made it clear that Tice will continue to call the plays this season.
"We need to establish the running game. I think you build from there," Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. "We've got to get an identity offensively of who we are and what plays we feel comfortable running.
"Coverage dictates kind of what you can do if you do max protect. You've got to pick your spots and you've got to be smart with your play-calling."
No one takes the line's struggles more personally than center Roberto Garza. After watching the 49ers game film, he described the line's performance against the 49ers as "not acceptable."
"It will never be seen again," Garza said.
But he does understand if changes are made.
"There's no job security when you put in performance like that," Garza said. "Across the board."
After looking at the 49ers film, Marshall said he thought Garza and right guard Lance Louis played well.
"Garza played an amazing game," Marshall said. "And watching Lance, there are some things he may want to clean up. But Lance, man, we can win with that type of effort. He was just throwing guys around.
"I'm proud to say I'm his teammate, because those are the type of guys you want to win with and if we can all get on that level, the way those guys played, I think we'll have a chance."