Brian Billick, the head coach of the Super Bowl XXXV-winning Baltimore Ravens and now a Fox analyst, was instrumental in new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice getting involved in coaching when his playing days were over.
Billick believes Tice is exactly what the Bears and coach Lovie Smith need to run the offense after two up-and-down seasons under Mike Martz.
“Mike has a complete view of the game,” Billick said. “Remember he was a head coach, and Mike has a bigger view of the game, and he has a certain mentality. That’s why, in my opinion, Lovie made him the offensive coordinator because he wants that mentality. They’re going to run the ball; they’re going to be physical.”
But Billick believes the Bears need offensive upgrades.
“They need an outside receiver to give Jay Cutler – the best thing that ever happened to the Chicago Bears was Jay Cutler getting hurt because now the fans who were on him, now (after seeing the Bears) without him, they’re going, ‘We were a lot better off with him.’ So he’s kind of pushed that off. We’re not going to hear as much of that chatter I don’t think.
“If they can (just) get an outside receiver threat. They’re going to throw the ball plenty well, but that toughness that Mike brings to it, that’s just what Lovie Smith wants to do in Chicago. So I think Mike will do a great job.”