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

 

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

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Daily Madden: NFL’s Concussion Protocol Needs Work

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was hit hard by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor after a 21-yard completion with just under 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Edelman looked groggy to most despite scoring the touchdown at the end of that drive. He was cleared by team’s medical staff, but the Coach says the NFL concussion protocol still needs work.

02/03/2015

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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