BOURBONNAIS IL - JULY 30: Offensive line coach Mike Tice of the Chicago Bears walks out for a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30 2010 in Bourbonnais Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Thie Chicago Tribune is reporting this morning that Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak would like to talk to Chicago Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice about becoming the offensive coordinator. The author of that article says he doesn't know if the Bears will grant the Titans permission to talk to Tice or not.
One thing is for sure, if the Titans do get Tice to be offensive coordinator and they re-sign Randy Moss, Tice will get him on the field. You might remember that Tice came up with something known as the "Randy Ratio" when he was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the "Randy Ratio:"
Coach Tice called it the Randy Ratio. It was an effort on the coaches part to throw 40% of the passes to Moss as a way to keep him involved in the offense more than he had been in the 2001 season when he had stretches in games where he was being shut out, and partly to use more game clock by sustaining long drives to give the Vikings defense a chance to rest. An assistant coach would stand on the sidelines during games and track how many times Moss had been thrown to, and then inform Tice of the percentages so that he is always aware of it. In the 2001 season, the Vikings record was 4-1 when Moss had 40% of the passes thrown his direction, and 1-10 in other games.
Unfortunately for Tice he is more remembered for that and his Super Bowl ticket scalping scheme, which got him a fine of $100,000 from the NFL, than anything he actually did coaching the Vikings. He compiled a 32-33 record in his four years as coach.Since his tenure with the Vikings he has been the offensive line coach in Jacksonville and currently Chicago. He has never actually been an offensive coordinator in his career. Like Munch, Tice went from offensive line coach to head coach in Minnesota.
Having said all of that, I have no idea how Tice would be as an offensive coordinator. He was around for some explosive offenses in Minnesota, and he oviously knows that it is smart to try to get the ball to his best player, but it is hard to say how he would be calling plays because he hasn't ever done it before.