By Eric Schmidt

The search for a new head coach for the Oakland Raiders continues as the team put in a formal request to speak with Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Tice was recently promoted to the role of offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears with the retirement of Mike Martz. Martz’s contract with the Bears was up at the conclusion of this season and Chicago had made no move to offer Martz a new deal. Mike Martz announced his retirement from football earlier this week.

The Oakland Raiders had also requested to speak with Mike McCoy of the Oakland Raiders but McCoy withdrew his name from consideration with the Raiders as he feels that he is currently the front-runner for the Miami Dolphins head coaching position.

This would not be Tice’s first head coaching job. Tice patrolled the sidelines for the Minnesota Vikings from 2001-2005, posting a 33-34 overall record. Tice is known as a coach which excels at producing a formidable rushing attack. In 2001, the Minnesota Vikings led the league in rushing and while with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-2009, the Jaguars led the league in running the ball. This could play a significant role in the hiring of Tice as the head coach with RB Darren McFadden in the backfield.RB Michael Bush was playing under a one-year contract in 2011 and will likely receive the franchise tag from the Oakland Raiders for 2012 so he should be returning to the backfield as well.






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