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

 

NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs with the ball as he is hit from behind by defensive end Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: 49ers Need Strong Start Sunday

Tied with Seattle for second place and three games behind Arizona in the NFC West, San Francisco hosts Washington at Levi’s Stadium Sunday.

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Daily Madden: Raiders Execute Basics To Cherish First Victory

So how did the Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs to get in the win column for the first time this season?

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Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is pressured by Lamarr Houston #99 of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Washington Carrying Extra Baggage Into Levi’s Stadium

As the 3-7 Washington Redskins prepare for Sunday’s game against the 49ers, coach Jay Gruden is apologizing for his public comments this week criticizing the play of quarterback Robert Griffin III.

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Daily Madden: The New, Gentler NFL Practice Routine

(KCBS) – The Green Bay Packers call it ‘Feel Good Friday.’ Instead of the traditional Friday field practice, players get deep tissue massages and other treatments to get them ready for Sunday. “The longer you [...]

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Daily Madden: Still Too Early To Say Who’s Best In The NFL

Which team is the best in the NFL?

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Daily Madden: Can The Defense Lead The 49ers Into The Playoffs?

SAN FRANCSICO (KCBS SF) – The 49ers offense struggled to score points again, but the defense bottled up the Giants in a 16-10 win Sunday. “They’re probably lucky their defense is playing so well,” John [...]

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Raiders v Chargers

Daily Madden: The Raiders Tackle Better, But Need Offense To Win

OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Raiders remain the only winless team in the NFL following a hard fought defensive battle that ended with a 13-6 Chargers win in San Diego Sunday. “(The Raiders) did play better,” [...]

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Daily Madden: A Lot Of Questions In NFC West

The 49ers play the 3-6 Giants in New York Sunday with a chance to move up in the NFC West standings.

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Daily Madden: John Is No Fan Of NFL Uniform Trends

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – When the Bills meet the Dolphins in Miami Thursday night, the Dolphins will be dressed in all-aqua uniforms. “I don’t like that, that’s not a football thing, that’s not a [...]

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Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is hit by inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first half during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: The 49ers Defense Fights Through Injuries

The 49ers have lost All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis for the season. He announced Tuesday he’ll have surgery on his injured big toe after missing the last three games.

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