John Madden

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John Madden began his pro football coaching career in 1967 as the Oakland Raiders’ linebackers coach. After two seasons, he was elevated to head coach. At 32 years of age when he was hired, he became the youngest head coach in the American Football League. In his first year at the Raiders’ helm, Madden earned American Football League Coach of the Year honors as he led the team to a 12-1-1 record and an AFL Western Division title.

Madden coached the Raiders for 10 seasons, posting a regular season record of 103 wins, 32 losses and 7 ties. During that time, he guided the team to seven Western Division titles, including five in a row from 1972 to 1976. Under Madden’s guidance, Oakland never experienced a losing season. Madden’s Raiders made eight playoff appearances, including a 37-31 six-quarter AFC Divisional Playoff win over the Baltimore Colts in 1977. Perennial winners, the team never finished with fewer than 8 wins in the then-14 game season (8-4-2 in 1970, 1971).

Six times in 10 seasons, Oakland recorded 10 or more victories. In 1976, the coach guided his team to a near-perfect 13-1 record to win the AFC Western Division. The success continued in the post-season with wins over New England in the divisional playoff game and a commanding 24-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Madden and the Raiders capped the 1976 season with a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. Between the 1976 and 1977 seasons, the Raiders won 17 consecutive games, one short of the then-NFL record for consecutive wins.

Madden’s .759 regular season winning percentage ranks as highest ever among coaches with 100 career victories. Only Hall of Fame coaches George Halas and Curly Lambeau had reached 100 career wins at an earlier age.

Before coaching in Oakland, Madden was the defensive coordinator at San Diego State, from 1964-1966, where the Aztecs were ranked first among small colleges with a 26-4 record. From 1960-1963 he coached at Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, California. Madden started on both offense and defense as a player for California Polytechnic College at San Luis Obispo in 1957 and 1958, and was voted to the All-Conference team. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him as a future choice in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL Draft, but a knee injury in his rookie season prematurely ended his playing career.

Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

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Daily Madden: John Expects A Fight From 49ers

While the 49ers are playing their last two games for pride, the San Diego Chargers are fighting for a playoff spot. They meet Saturday at Levi’s Stadium in a game that will be broadcast on KPIX 5 at 5:25 p.m.

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Daily Madden: Seattle-Arizona Left To Fight For The NFC West

The 49ers are no longer in the picture, but the NFC West title is still up for grabs. With two games to play, the 11-3 Cardinals meet the 10-4 Seahawks in Arizona Sunday.

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Daily Madden: Out Of The Playoffs, The 49ers Still Make News

Ray McDonald was released by the 49ers Wednesday following another allegation of sexual assault against the defensive lineman.

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Brice Butler #12 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates with fans after their win against the San Francisco 49ers at O.co Coliseum on December 7, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: 2015 Will Be Another Year With No Pro Football In L.A.

The Chargers, Raiders and Rams are the three teams considered top candidates for a move to Los Angeles, and Madden said that’s still the case. In fact, rumors are still swirling that someone will be playing in the Rose Bowl next year.

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Quarterback  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts calls a play against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Why Is Andrew Luck Giving Thanks For Getting Hit?

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been known to congratulate defensive linemen after they sack him. “He’s trying to be nice to them so that they won’t keep getting him,” John Madden […]

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Daily Madden: Should Roughing Calls Be Reviewed?

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Seattle Seahawks got a huge break at a key moment in Sunday’s game when the 49ers were incorrectly called for roughing the passer on a third down incompletion in the […]

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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Santa Clara.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Harbaugh Is Still A Top NFL Coach

Following a 17-7 loss to the Seahawks, the 49ers are shut out of the playoffs with two games to play.

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Daily Madden: 49ers And Seahawks Appear Headed In Opposite Directions

The 49ers face a team Sunday that John Madden believes is the best in the NFL right now.

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Daily Madden: Can The Raiders Beat The Chiefs Twice?

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Oakland Raiders are coming off an emotionally-charged victory over the San Francisco 49ers, their second win of the season. “They beat two pretty good teams,” John Madden told the KCBS […]

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Daily Madden: Many Eyes on Arizona-St. Louis Game

The Thursday night game between Arizona and St. Louis is important for teams other than the division-leading Cardinals.

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