The Oakland Raiders have requested permission to interview the Chicago Bears' Mike Tice for their head coaching position, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. The Bears still have to grant the Raiders permission, which isn't a sure thing after they didn't allow the Minnesota Vikings to interview secondary coach Jon Hoke for their defensive coordinator gig.
Tice has been with the Bears since the beginning of 2010, and he was recently promoted to be the team's offensive coordinator for 2012. Previously the offensive line coach for Chicago, he helped to create a formidable unit over the past two years despite numerous personnel issues. The Bears rushed for more yards in 2011 than they had in 20 years.
The 52-year-old has previous head coaching experience with the Minnesota Vikings, although his results were mixed in five years there. The Raiders aren't the first team to show interest in him since then, though, as the Titans were turned down in their request to interview him for their offensive coordinator opening last year.