Tice, the Jaguars assistant head coach/tight ends, said he's so focused on just trying to get a victory for the Jaguars that he's not concentrating on the fact the opponent is the Vikings.
"I said to (my wife) Diane when I got home from work last night that I'm a little surprised I'm not more anxious for this game," he said.
"I really think if it were in a little better situation, it would probably be playing in my mind as being really special. I think just a win is important for us where we're at," he said.
Still, he can't ignore the fact it's the Vikings.
"Any time you supposedly fail and are not part of something you've built, it's like playing against your brother. You want to beat them. So, of course, that's going to be there," he said.
Tice said he's gotten a lot of messages and emails this week from friends back in Minnesota.
"It makes you think about all the good times and some of the bad times," he said.
Tice spent five years as the Vikings coach and went 33-34, but he virtually had one hand tied behind his back because former owner Red McCombs was trying to sell and didn't want to spend money. And then new owner Zygi Wilf fired him after a 9-7 mark in 2005. Brad Children, who replaced him, is 19-21, including a 5-5 mark this year.
Tice said he hopes to get another shot at a head coaching job although he won't be helped if the Jaguars have a losing record. And his resume includes scalping Super Bowl tickets, a move he admits was a mistake, and the infamous Love Boat incident, although he may have gotten a bad rap for that incident, which happened during the bye week.
The fans were all over Tice for not disciplining players after that incident, but he said the NFL wasn't putting the emphasis on player conduct the way it is now and he was being told he had to wait for the legal action to play out.
Tice said he thinks he'll be better as a head coach if he gets another shot.
"I think I've mellowed and have been humbled, as humbled as Mike Tice can get. I'm not a very humble person, but you are humbled when you fail, and you put all that together and you say, "Maybe next time, if I'll get a shot, I'll be better at it because of all these things,'" he said.