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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

 

Craig Gentry #3 of the Oakland Athletics steals second base, beating the throw to Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum on July 7, 2014 in Oakland. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: A’s, Giants Appear Headed In Different Directions

“The A’s looked a lot fresher,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “They looked quicker, they looked like they’re into it.”

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/08/2014

Josh Donaldson

Daily Madden: All-Star Selections Honor The A’s

Six players from the Oakland A’s have been selected for the All-Star game, the most since 1975.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/07/2014

Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a ball during camp. ( Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Football Is In The Air

John Madden can smell it. Football is in the air.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/03/2014

US goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during extra-time in the Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at The Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on July 1, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Tim Howard Is America’s Latest Sports Hero Following World Cup Performance

“You really enjoy the pressure they put on the goalkeeper and the job that he did… He had so much confidence (that) after awhile I just thought they’re not going to score on him.”

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/02/2014

High school football

Daily Madden: High School Football Practice Limits Need More Study

A bill awaiting Governor Brown’s signature would place strict limits on high school football practice.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/01/2014

Joe Montana celebrates with Jerry Rice during Super Bowl XXIV (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Are NFL Dynasties A Thing Of The Past?

Joe Montana told the NFL Network he thinks the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks could be the NFL’s next dynasty team.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/30/2014

Islam Slimani of Algeria scores his team's first goal on a header past Igor Akinfeev of Russia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Algeria and Russia at Arena da Baixada on June 26, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Crazy Fan Behavior Must Be Stopped

Russia’s World Cup team manager is blaming a green laser pointed at his goalie from the stands for his team’s elimination.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/27/2014

Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after the game against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on June 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  Tim Lincecum threw his second career no-hitter as the San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0.  (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Everyone Roots For Lincecum

Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter Wednesday afternoon brought smiles to Giants fans everywhere. “He’s always proven it — that he’s a good guy, and you like him and you root for him,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/26/2014

Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his team's second goal on a header past Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Joe Hart of England during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: It’s Time To Ban Head Shots In Youth Soccer

(KCBS) – A group called Parents and Pros for Safer Soccer is advocating a ban on head shots for youth under 14. “The brain is not fully developed and you’re hitting the ball with the [...]

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/25/2014

Soccer Party at Civic Center

Daily Madden: World Cup Fever Is Contagious

It’s estimated 25 million people worldwide watched the U.S.-Portugal World Cup match Sunday.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/24/2014

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