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

 

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

John Madden Isn’t Betting On Next ‘Madden NFL’ Prediction Coming True

Madden talks about the ‘Madden NFL 15′ prediction for the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX, the twists and turns during the matchup between the Patriots and the Seahawks, and Tom Brady’s legacy.

02/02/2015

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Daily Madden: Super Bowl XLIX ‘Best Game Ever’ As A Fan

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 and Monday and Friday mornings at 9:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Coach says that Super Bowl XLIX […]

02/02/2015

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Daily Madden: The Tom Brady-Richard Sherman Matchup

Coach Madden says the Tom Brady-Richard Sherman matchup among the ones to watch in Super Bowl XLIX.

01/30/2015

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Daily Madden: Patriots, Seahawks Evenly Matched For Super Bowl XLIX But…

The coach says the Patriots and Seahawks are evenly matched for Super Bowl XLIX but gives one team the nod.

01/30/2015

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Daily Madden: ‘Something Will Change’ In The Rules After Patriots’ Deflation Controversy

Madden said that NFL rules will have to change, especially since the ball deflation controversy had to do with a crucial championship game.

01/29/2015

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Daily Madden: Why All Players And Coaches Are Required To Participate In Media Day At The Super Bowl

A rundown of Media Day at the Super Bowl and why most players would probably do away with the event altogether.

01/28/2015

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Daily Madden: No Asterisk On Patriots AFC Championship

Coach says he thought deflategate would be over by now but that’s not the case as Pro Football Hall of Famer and former 49er and Raider Jerry Rice has come out and called it “cheating.” He said that the Patriots season should have an asterisk next to it if they win the Super Bowl. Madden disagrees saying the Patriots could have played with a balloon and still beaten the Colts.

01/27/2015

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Daily Madden: Klay Thompson’s Magical Night

Coach talks about Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson’s big night on Friday, Coack K’s 1000th win for Duke and issues with the Pro Bowl.

01/26/2015

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Daily Madden: Deflategate Distractions

The Coach talks about the New England Patriots’ deflategate distraction, the Pro Bowl and new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s openness to defensive-shift ban.

01/26/2015

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Daily Madden: Vogelsong’s 1-Year Contract With The Giants And Needed Closure Of Deflate-Gate

Madden talks about free-agent pitcher Ryan Vogelson’s one-year agreement with the Giants and says the New England Patriots’ “Deflate-gate” needs to be closed soon.

01/23/2015

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