New Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak would like to interview Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice for his vacant offensive coordinator job, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday, citing a league source.
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Munchak didn't mention Tice, but he told the Tennessean on Saturday night that he'd like his staff in place before the NFL Scouting Combine starts Feb. 23.
"Once a coordinator falls into place here, the same thing will happen with the spots left (on the offensive staff)," Munchak said after hiring defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.
Tice, who was the Minnesota Vikings' head coach from 2001 to 2005, is widely credited with helping resurrect a suspect Bears offensive line on the way to Chicago winning the NFC North Division title and advancing to the NFC Championship Game.
"The last four or five days, I've realized how hard (putting a staff together is)," Munchak told the Tennessean. "There are a lot of good coaches out there, but unfortunately you canât talk to all of them because theyâre under contract.
"You want to get it done, but you don't want to make any bad decisions because you're in a hurry. That's what we're trying to avoid is getting too worried about getting it done."
The Tribune asserted that the Bears could offer Tice an assistant head coach position to keep him.
Bears general manger Jerry Angelo has called Tice one of the league's best line coaches. Should Tice be allowed to interview in Tennessee and subsequently leave, the Bears would scramble to replace him because most teams already have hired their staffs for 2011.