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

 

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.

3 hours ago

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.

02/26/2015

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.

02/25/2015

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.

02/23/2015

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 11:  Actor Bill Murray introduces hiimself to the standard bearers during the 3M Celebrity Challenge before the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 11, 2015 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Watching, Or Not Watching, The Action At Pebble Beach

The Coach is at Pebble Beach for the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am but explains why he won’t for much longer. He also talks about the NFL Scouting Combine.

02/12/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks warms up prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Is Marcus Mariota Being Tutored By Future Browns’ QB Coach Bending The Rules?

Coach talks about Buster Posey’s group hug from the 49er legends at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, share more thoughts on NFL Films founder Ed Sabol and comments on the controversy brewing in the NFL about the Browns future QB coach tutoring potential daft pick Marcus Mariota.

02/11/2015

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6:  FL Films creator Ed Sabol talks to the fans at the Enshrinement Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Faon August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: The Legacy Of Ed Sabol And NFL Films

John Madden talks about the man who came up with the Oakland Raiders’ signature ‘Autumn Wind’ music and imagery – Ed Sabol, the innovative founder of NFL Films, who died on Monday at the age of 98.

02/10/2015

Executive Chairman of Madison Square Garden, answers questions during the press conference to introduce Phil Jackson as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: How Not To Handle Irate Fan Emails

The Coach talks about how to handle email from irate fans, the life of college basketball coach Dean Smith and Jerry Rice’s admitted Stickum use.

02/09/2015

A worker removes seats in the upper deck of Candlestick Park, November 17, 2014. (CBS)

Daily Madden: No Emotional Farewell For The ‘Stick

The Coach offers an unemotional farewell to Candlestick Park but waxes nostalgic about Seals Stadium.

02/06/2015

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 4: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots a layup against Al-Farouq Aminu #7 of the Dallas Mavericks on February 4, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Daily Madden: There’s Not A Lot of ‘I’ On The Warriors Team

Now that the NFL season is over, Madden said he now has more time to watch the Warriors, including Wednesday’s night game in which they rallied from an early 22-point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 128-114.

02/05/2015

next

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 58,934 other followers