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Jaguars hire Tice

The Jacksonville Jaguars today named Mike Tice as assistant head coach/offense and promoted Andy Heck to offensive line coach.

Tice, 47, has 24 years of experience in the NFL with 14 as a player and 10 in the coaching ranks. He previously served as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002-05.

Tice had been associated with the Vikings since 1992 when he played two seasons (1992-93) as a tight end. He served as tight ends coach for Minnesota in 1996 and offensive line coach from 1997-2001 before being promoted to head coach. Tice led the Vikings to the playoffs in 2004 and their first road playoff victory in franchise history with the win at Green Bay. The Vikings set a team record in 2004 for net yards (6,339) and passing yards (4,754). In 2002, the Vikings led the NFL in offense for the first time in team history. In his first season as head coach in 2003, the Vikings led the NFL in rushing for the first time in team history with 2,507 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns.

"We are very pleased to add Mike (Tice) to our coaching staff," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "Over the last 10 years, Mike has been a major contributor to some very productive offenses.

"Mike brings toughness, experience and passion. He will certainly be a tremendous asset to me and our offensive staff as we continue our pursuit of a championship."

As an offensive line coach, Tice tutored five different players (Matt Birk, Jeff Christy, Randall McDaniel, Todd Steussie, Korey Stringer) to 10 Pro Bowl appearances. In 1998, the offensive line paved the way for a NFL record 556 points and then record 41 touchdown passes.

Tice had 107 receptions for 894 yards and 11 touchdowns in his 14-year career. In addition to playing for the Vikings, he spent 10 seasons with Seattle (1981-88, 1990-91) and one season with Washington (1989).

Tice played collegiately at Maryland where he started two seasons at quarterback. He was born in Bayshore, N.Y., and attended Central Islip High School in Long Island where he played for current Central Florida head coach George O'Leary. He and his wife Diane have two children, Adrienne and Nathan.

Heck has spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars as assistant offensive line coach. Heck, who played 12 seasons in the NFL as a standout offensive lineman, will replace Paul Boudreau who was given permission to seek other opportunities.

"Andy Heck is an outstanding young football coach who has been a part of our club the last two seasons," Del Rio said. "He has an excellent working knowledge of our system and our personnel."

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