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

 

Deon Grant of the New York Giants is tended to by the Giants medical training staff. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Working To Make The NFL Safer

Every week, John Madden reviews NFL game film looking for ways to make the game safer.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/10/2014

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Packers Will Need A Lot Of Points In Playoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Atlanta Falcons roared back from a 24 point deficit to scare the Packers, who pulled out a 43-37 win in Green Bay Monday night. John Madden said the Falcons exposed […]

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/09/2014

(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Carr Proves The Raiders Don’t Need To Keep Searching

OAKLAND (KCBS) – To John Madden, Sunday’s game in Oakland was all about the rise of the Silver and Black, not the demise of the 49ers. “It was a great day for the Raiders,” Madden […]

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/08/2014

Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks makes an interception in the fourth quarter on a ball intended for Steve Johnson #13 of the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 27, 2014 in Santa Clara. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Seahawks Look Best In NFC…Again

After their 24-13 loss to the Raiders Sunday, the 49ers playoff hopes are slim with three games to play.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/08/2014

(Thearon W. Henderson/ Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Raiders Vs. 49ers Which Team Needs The Confidence More?

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The 49ers want to stay in the playoffs race. The Raiders want to show their one win wasn’t a fluke. Both teams need a confidence boost after disappointing showings in their […]

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/05/2014

Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Intriguing X’s And O’s In Eagles-Seahawks Game

Of all the NFL games this weekend, John Madden is most looking forward to the Eagles-Seahawks match-up in Philadelphia.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/05/2014

Bryan Burwell (CBS Sacramento)

Daily Madden: Prominent Sports Columnist Bryan Burwell Dies At 59

Prominent St. Louis sports columnist Bryan Burwell has died at the age of 59, according to a newspaper report Thursday.

12/04/2014

Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Will New Rules Help Johnny Manziel Succeed As A Quarterback In The NFL?

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Mike Pettine, head coach of the Cleveland Browns, is not quite ready to turn the reins of the team over to much-heralded rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel just yet. On Wednesday, Pettine […]

12/03/2014

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field before their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: John Understands Harbaugh’s ‘Recessive Gene’

In his weekly meeting with reporters Monday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t have much to say about reports he could be traded to the Raiders or Jets.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/02/2014

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Rodgers Wins Latest Battle Of Elite QB

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 26-21 victory over another playoff-bound team in Green Bay Sunday.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–12/01/2014

previous

next

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 56,739 other followers