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
Thursday night’s game between the Colts and Texans featured two of the top NFL players on both sides of the ball, according to John Madden.
The Indianapolis Colts are favored to beat the Texans in Houston Thursday night. But John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew he thinks the Colts are starting the game at a disadvantage.
Champagne was sprayed in the clubhouse again Tuesday night after the San Francisco Giants won the last of three consecutive one-run games with the Washington Nationals to advance to the National League Championship Series.
Coach Madden said usually when a quarterback rolls back it’s bad news—but not with Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson who, on Monday night, made a third-down 30-year pass to Marshawn Lynch to save the game with about three minutes left on the clock on a third down at mid-field
The longest game in Major League Baseball’s post-season history lasted 6 hours and 23 minutes , but it may have been well worth the wait according to Coach John Madden.
Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs went back and forth for most of the afternoon, but the difference was the playmaking ability of the 49ers and ball control. With the game close in the fourth, the 49ers defense and running game took over, giving the 49ers 22-17 victory.
It’s Week 5 of the NFL and Coach Madden told KCBS about some of the more intriguing matchups.
Coach Madden thinks the Week 5 matchup between the 49ers and the Chiefs on Sunday will be the best game to watch. Both teams are 2-2 and former 49er Alex Smith is set to return.
Daily Madden: The Giants’ Crowd Noise Solution And Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater’s Chance Of Facing Green Bay
The Coach talks about the Giant’s Wild Card win on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh and about the chances that Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will face the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.
Coach Madden talks about watching the A’s lose to the Royals in the AL postseason opener and discusses what he thinks Tony Sparano, the Raiders’ newly appointed interim coach, should do.