(Reuters) – The Chicago Bears have promoted offensive line coach Mike Tice to offensive coordinator to replace Mike Martz, who parted ways with the club earlier this week, the National Football League (NFL) team said on Friday.
Tice, who played in the NFL for 14 seasons and has spent 16 seasons as a coach, served as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2001-05.
A proponent of a strong running game, Tice will call the plays and continue to work with the offensive line, while the team will look for a new quarterbacks coach to assist with the passing game.
The Bears dropped five of their last six games after starting quarterback Jay Cutler was lost to injury to finish with an 8-8 record.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Gene Cherry)