Black and Blue all over: Tice in Chicago

Jacksonville assistant head coach/tight ends coach Mike Tice interviewed Wednesday for a job on Chicago’s coaching staff. There are conflicting reports, however, about whether it was for offensive coordinator or offensive line coach.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago reports it was to be the Bears’ offensive coordinator. Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com reports it was for their line job, while Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune suggests the Bears are mulling multiple scenarios, one of which would be to divide coordinator duties among more than one person.

Tice, who was Minnesota’s head coach from 2002 to 2005, has never been a coordinator or called plays. He established himself as an excellent line coach and has spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends in Jacksonville. He is a disciple of the offense Dennis Green installed with the Vikings in the mid-1990s, featuring power running and vertical passing.

Tice and Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese are the only known interviews the Bears have conducted for their multiple offensive positions. Coach Lovie Smith has also spoken generally with former St. Louis coach Mike Martz.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Minnesota coaches are mulling how much, if at all, they can use cornerback Antoine Winfield as an outside defender Sunday against Dallas. Most recently, he has been playing only in the slot in nickel situations because of a foot injury. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune explains.

  • Attorneys for Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will be in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing as part of their ongoing legal battle over four-game suspensions the players received in 2008. Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the latest.

  • Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell on the pressure of kicking a game-winning field goal: “But when we sign up to do our job, we know it's either an A or an F. There's no C grade in field-goal kicking. It goes through or it doesn't." Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press examines the Vikings’ kicking advantage over Dallas.

  • There might not be much change this offseason in Green Bay, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outlines how the Packers will go about dissecting their defense this offseason.

  • Detroit was disappointed in the rookie year of third-round draft pick Derrick Williams, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.