According to this Chicago Tribune report, newly minted Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice is in the targets of the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders, who recently hired prized General Manager candidate Reggie McKenzie, recently parted ways with Hue Jackson after a somewhat tumultuous midseason, followed by a disappointing finish in the AFC West. Reports indicate that they have requested permission to interview Tice. The Bears OC is in the reported company of Marty Mornhinweg.
But can't the Bears just block the request, much like they did when the Titans made the request to talk to Tice about their offensive coordinator, or like they did for coach Jon Hoke? The answer and more lies below.
The answer, simply, is no. Teams can deny position coaches for lateral moves, or even for coordinator positions. However, NFL rules stipulate that teams may not deny a request to speak about a head coaching position, as long as the request takes place between the end of the team's season, and the date of March 1st.