John Madden

johnmadden01 228 John Madden

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


Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden looks on during a game on November 1, 1977. (Getty Images)

John Madden – The Raiders Super Bowl Celebration That Wasn’t

Coach Madden remembered the “celebration” for the Raiders after they won the Super Bowl.


Tom Brady of the New England Patriots in action against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Madden: Manning, Brady Wanted 2006 Rule Change That May Have Led To ‘Deflategate’

John Madden said quarterbacks have had a long history of wanting to work with game footballs during the week and the “Deflategate” scandal was probably a direct result of that.


Will Ferrell and Rickey Henderson. (Photo Credit: Major League Baseball)

John Madden: Will Ferrell ‘Lacks Respect’ By Playing In Spring Training Games

Madden said he won’t be tuning in when the actor and comedian takes the field at five Arizona Cactus League games, playing all nine positions.


Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after they lost to the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Patrick Willis Retires On A Wild Day Of NFL Trades And Free Agent Signings

John Madden looked back at the free agent and trade frenzy in the NFL.


(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: The 49ers In ‘Disarray’

The Coach talks about NFL free-trade talk that goes before players are signed, the trade rumors of 49er QB Colin Kaepernick, the signing of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and loss of Frank Gore.


Defensive end Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals walks out onto the field before the NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 22-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Darnell Dockett Signing Is A Good Move For The 49ers

John Madden said if Justin Smith decides to return, he and newly signed Darnell Dockett will make for a formidable pair on the defensive line of the San Francisco 49ers.


LeSean McCoy. (Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: LeSean McCoy Trade Is A Stunner

John Madden said he’s not sure why the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade their star running back to the Buffalo Bills.


DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 07: Reggie Bush #21 of the Detroit Lions stretches prior to playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Young, Beat-Up Running Backs An Issue For NFL Teams

The coach talks about Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes scoring an astonishing 30 points in 4 1/2 minutes against Miami Wednesday night, the drug addiction problems surrounding Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Josh Hamilton, the Detroit Lions release of Reggie Bush and issues with other injured NFL running backs.


An artist's rendering shows the planned City of Champions Revitalization Project in Inglewood, where the owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium. (HKS Inc.)

Daily Madden: Inglewood NFL Stadium Deal Does Not Prevent Raiders From Moving To Los Angeles

John Madden weighed in on the latest happenings in Southern California, as the Inglewood City Council has approved an NFL stadium plan that would bring the Rams back to Los Angeles.


A rendering of a proposed stadium to be shared by the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers in Los Angeles. (Source: Manica Architecture)

Daily Madden: What Can Oakland Offer The Raiders?

The coach says if Oakland and Alameda County want to keep the Raiders in town then they need to let the team know what they can do to make that happen. If there’s nothing they can offer, then it’s probably time for Mark Davis to take the team to Los Angeles where they can get new stadium.