Mike Tice was the Vikings’ offensive line coach from 1997-2001, a period in which they had five different linemen make a total of 10 Pro Bowls. He was the team’s head coach from 2002-05.

Tice still pays close attention to Minnesota’s line. He has some likes and some dislikes.

Tice said one reason Minnesota’s line is better in the run game than in pass protection is Riley Reiff, whom he doesn’t consider a top left tackle. Reiff is entering his fourth straight season at that spot with the Vikings, but Tice has said he would be better suited as a right tackle or a guard.

“(Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak) is going to want to run it, he’s going to move the pocket and he’s going to go to play action. But I keep coming back to the word ‘but.’ But if they get behind and have to throw the ball and have to drop back 30-plus times, can they hold up?”

– Former HC Mike Tice

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