Coaches

Mike Tice
Offensive Line

35th Season in NFL (14 as a player)

3rd Season with Raiders

Mike Tice enters his third season with the Silver and Black as offensive line coach, bringing 20 years of NFL coaching experience, including 10 seasons as an offensive line coach and four as a head coach.

                Last season, Tice’s offensive line showcased three Pro Bowlers in C Rodney Hudson (Tice’s third-career Pro Bowl Center), LT Donald Penn, and newcomer G/T Kelechi Osemele, who joined during the 2016 free agency period. In addition to Osemele’s Pro Bowl selection, he also garnered first-team All-Pro recognition by the Associated Press in just his first year with the Silver and Black. The offensive line helped the offensive unit finish as the number six rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 120.1 yards per game and racking up 17 scores on the ground in the process.

                The offensive line proved to be just as effective in pass-blocking situations as they were when run blocking, surrendering an NFL-best 18 sacks throughout the season. The 18 sacks surrendered were the fewest in team history dating back to the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970. Because of their stellar protection, QB Derek Carr was able to collect his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

                In 2015 under Tice, the Raiders’ offensive line helped Carr set career highs in passing yards (3,987), and passing touchdowns (32), earning him his first Pro Bowl nod. Carr led the NFL with 13 touchdown passes of 25-plus yards. On the year, the O-line gave up only 33 sacks, tied for 11th in the league. The offensive line held opponents to two sacks or less in 10 of the team’s games. Consistency was key for Tice’s line, as they had only three different starting offensive line combinations on the year. The offensive line also paved the way for Murray to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career with 1,066 yards and six touchdowns, earning his first Pro Bowl selection. In total, four offensive players secured Pro Bowl nods (WR Amari Cooper, FB Marcel Reece).

                Tice held the same position with the Atlanta Falcons during the 2014 campaign. Despite losing five offensive linemen to season-ending injuries and working with five different line combinations that included three starting centers, one of which was an undrafted rookie, and three right tackles, the unit gave up just 31 sacks on the season, helping QB Matt Ryan finish second in the league with 415 completions. Tice’s line blocked for an offense that ranked eighth in the NFL in total offense (378.2 yards per game) and fifth in passing yards per game (284.6).

                Prior to joining the Falcons coaching staff, Tice served as the Bears’ offensive line coach for two seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2012. In 2011, Chicago’s offensive line helped the Bears produce 2,015 rushing yards, which was only the second time the club eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards in the last 22 seasons.

                Tice spent the previous four seasons in Jacksonville as assistant head coach, also serving as the tight ends coach for his last three years with the club under current Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio. In his first two seasons with the Jaguars, the club’s rushing attack had two of the most productive seasons in team history, gaining 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 yards in 2007, first and third, respectively, in team annals. In 2007, the Jaguars set franchise records in points (411), yards per play (5.6) and touchdowns (50) en route to a playoff berth and a victory over the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff round.

                Before landing in Jacksonville, Tice spent 14 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as a player and coach, serving his final four-plus years there as head coach after taking over as interim head coach for the final game of the 2001 campaign. He became the first Vikings player to go on to serve as head coach.

                In his four-plus seasons as head coach, Tice compiled a 32-33 (.492) record with a 1-1 mark in the playoffs. Also in his tenure as head coach, the Vikings offense set the NFL record for most consecutive games with 300-plus yards of offense, a feat accomplished over 36 games between September 29, 2002 and October 31, 2004. Tice led the Vikings to the playoffs in 2004 and their first road playoff victory in franchise history with a win at Green Bay, joining Jerry Burns as the only coaches in club history to win their playoff debuts. The Vikings set a team record in 2004 for net yards (6,339) and passing yards (4,754). QB Daunte Culpepper set numerous club passing records and produced one of the finest seasons in NFL history by a quarterback.

                The Vikings finished with a winning record in 2003 for the first time since 2000. The Vikings led the NFL in offense for the first time in their history and sent four players to the Pro Bowl. In Tice’s first season as head coach in 2002, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing for the first time in team history with 2,507 yards.

                Before being promoted to interim head coach, Tice served as the Vikings offensive line coach from 1997-2001. As an offensive line coach, he instructed five different players – C Matt Birk, C Jeff Christy, G Randall McDaniel, G/T Todd Steussie and T Korey Stringer – to a combined 10 Pro Bowl appearances. From 1999-2000, Tice’s offensive line helped the Vikings offense record the second most consecutive games with 300-or-more yards, doing so in 30 straight games. In 1998, when the Vikings scored a then-NFL-record 556 points, three Minnesota offensive linemen were named Pro Bowl starters. Tice began his NFL coaching career with the Vikings in 1996 as a tight ends coach.

 

PERSONAL: Native of Bayshore, N.Y. …Played 14 NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (1981-88, 1990-91), Washington Redskins (1989) and Vikings (1992-93, ‘95) as a tight end…Played in 177 games (111 starts) with 107 receptions for 894 yards and 11 touchdowns…Played collegiately at the University of Maryland (1977-80) as a quarterback, starting two seasons (1979-80)…Attended Central Islip (N.Y.) High School on Long Island, lettering in football, basketball and lacrosse…Tice was coached and mentored by the great George O’Leary during his time at Central Islip High School...Tice and his wife, Diane, have two children, Adrienne and Nathan. His son, Nathan, was named to Raiders quality control – offense for 2017, after spending his first season with the team as an offensive assistant.

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