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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

 

Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates with tight end Mychal Rivera #81 after a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason game at O.co Coliseum on August 28, 2014 in Oakland. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Quarterback Questions For Raiders And 49ers

Coach Madden discusses whether or not Raiders QB Derek Carr should start and how many backup QBs the 49ers should keep as Josh Johnson has been outperforming Blaine Gabbert.

08/29/2014

Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders warms up prior to a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 22, 2014. (John Konstantaras/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: What To Expect From 49ers, Raiders In Final NFL Preseason Game

Expect plenty of work from backups, as the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders finish up the preseason on Thursday night.

08/28/2014

Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina reacts against Sam Querrey of the United States during their men's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Excessive ‘Toweling’ At The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament

Tennis matches are getting longer and longer, and in some cases, towels can be partly to blame.

08/27/2014

John Madden. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: ‘Madden NFL 15’ Releases And Rumors About Raider Matt Schaub’s Elbow

Coach Madden talks about the release of “Madden NFL 15,” the newest incarnation of the popular football video game and discusses the rumors swirling about Raiders QB Matt Schaub’s sore elbow.

08/26/2014

49ers v Chargers

Daily Madden: More Impressed With Turf Than Team; 49ers Need To Run Kaepernick

While Coach Madden was impressed that the sod held up at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, he wasn’t as taken with the 49ers performance on it despite their 21-17 win versus San Diego Chargers.

08/25/2014

Denver Broncos v San Francisco 49ers

Daily Madden: 49ers Need To Acknowledge And Get Past Preseason Woes

The 49ers will host the San Diego Chargers this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium and Coach Madden told KCBS what he thinks is important for San Francisco to accomplish in this preseason game after the last two poor showings.

08/22/2014

Denver Broncos v San Francisco 49ers

Daily Madden: Pro Leagues Pay Close Attention To The Surface Where The Game Is Actually Played

The Giants’ protest over Tuesday’s fiasco with the tarp was upheld, even as the 49ers moved practice from Levi’s Stadium because of divots on the new turf.

08/21/2014

Chicago Cubs head groundskeeper Roger Baird (R) and the crew work on Wrigley Field after a downpour delayed the Chicago Cubs game against the San Francisco Giants on August 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Are Baseball Rules Out-Of-Date Regarding Rain-Shortened Games?

That is the opinion of many San Francisco Giants fans following the rain-shortened debacle at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

08/20/2014

(Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jason Miller)

Daily Madden: Cleveland QBs Not Ready; Why There Are More Penalties This Season

On Monday night, Cleveland’s Johnny Manziel flipped his middle finger toward the Washington Redskins bench as he returned to the huddle late in the third quarter. The gesture did him no good because, in the end, the Browns lost 24-23.

08/19/2014

Denver Broncos v San Francisco 49ers

Daily Madden: 49ers Situation Highlights Importance Of Quarterback Development In The Preseason

The 49ers debut at Levi’s Stadium has set many fans into panic mode after being blown out 34-0 by the Denver Broncos in an exhibition game at the hands of MVP Peyton Manning. This is following last Sunday’s 23-3 loss in the exhibition opener at Baltimore.

08/18/2014

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