Mike Tice is taking a break from football. It's not self-imposed. The former Vikings coach was fired as the Bears' offensive coordinator after Marc Trestman became Chicago's head coach during the offseason. Tice is living in Seattle with his wife, Diane, waiting for the next NFL job to come along in time, he hopes, for the 2014 season. I talked with Tice on Monday. BS: Is it weird going through an offseason without football? MT: You know, it is. It's the first time in a very, very long time I did not have to study players, study trends, look at matchups. My brain is a little more relaxed. It hasn't helped my golf game. I'm still swinging too hard. BS: When is the last time you weren't preparing for a season? MT: When I retired (as a player) from the Seattle Seahawks in 1993, I wasn't in football in 1994. That's the only year of the last 32 years. I was trying to get a coaching job with a couple of teams (after the '93 season). I had a couple of interviews. I started dabbling in some businesses. That lasted a year and I got back with the Vikings as an assistant coach. BS: Do you want to coach again? MT: Absolutely. When the offensive line jobs dried up, I was sitting there. Fortunately, the McCaskeys (who own the Bears) are good people. Some of us got jobs and some of us are sitting out and will go back at it next year.
Former Vikings coach Mike Tice tries coping with life away from NFL
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jun 18