While the Raiders have yet to officially confirm many of the names being rumored as candidates for the coaching vacancy the reports keep pouring in from various sources. The latest man in the mix is Mike Tice, the current offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears though he’s only held that title for a hot second.
Tice was promoted from offensive line coach to coordinator following the recent retirement of Mike Martz. Before his current stint with the Bears Tice was the mediocre head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
Yet another uninspired candidate for Reggie McKenzie to meet with if the reports are accurate.
Thus far the Raiders haven’t shown much interest in pursuing a more established coach. The majority of the names mentioned have either had no head coaching experience or were, at best, well below average as head coaches.
Tice is currently an offensive coordinator in title only. He has yet to call a game for the Bears. In addition it wasn’t like the offensive line he coached was exactly impressive this past season. Early in the season Jay Cutler was sacked more often than Premier League coaches. As the year went on the unit improved, thanks in large part to Martz ditching some of his offensive philosophies.
Tice, a former player in the NFL, was known as a players’ coach during his stint in Minnesota. At times he looked overwhelmed and ultimately was shown the exit when the team failed to improve beyond mediocrity.
Safe to say this would be anything but an inspired hire should it get to that point for McKenzie and Mark Davis.
Certainly head coaching experience is not necessary for the Oakland job but it would help. This franchise needs a strong coach that can steady the ship after years of continuing instability. The last thing we need is to live through another Bill Callahan debacle.