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

 

Raiders v Chargers

Daily Madden: The Raiders Tackle Better, But Need Offense To Win

OAKLAND (KCBS) – The Raiders remain the only winless team in the NFL following a hard fought defensive battle that ended with a 13-6 Chargers win in San Diego Sunday. “(The Raiders) did play better,” […]

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Daily Madden: A Lot Of Questions In NFC West

The 49ers play the 3-6 Giants in New York Sunday with a chance to move up in the NFC West standings.

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Daily Madden: John Is No Fan Of NFL Uniform Trends

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – When the Bills meet the Dolphins in Miami Thursday night, the Dolphins will be dressed in all-aqua uniforms. “I don’t like that, that’s not a football thing, that’s not a […]

CONNECT WITH KCBS–11/13/2014

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is hit by inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first half during the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: The 49ers Defense Fights Through Injuries

The 49ers have lost All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis for the season. He announced Tuesday he’ll have surgery on his injured big toe after missing the last three games.

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Daily Madden: Why So Many NFL Blowouts?

The Philadelphia Eagles trounced the Carolina Panthers 45-21 Monday night after the Packers dominated the Bears 55-14 in the Sunday night game. John Madden for one is concerned about the number of blowouts in the NFL this season, especially in prime-time games.

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Daily Madden: Why Aaron Rodgers Is Among The League’s Best QBs

Aaron Rodgers threw six first half touchdown passes as the Packers routed the Chicago Bears 55-14 in Green Bay Sunday night. John Madden places Rodgers among the top three quarterbacks in the league.

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Frank Gore

Daily Madden: 49ers Get A Confidence Boost

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – They didn’t win until overtime, and it took a huge fourth down play to get there. But the 49ers’ psyche got a 27-24 lift in New Orleans Sunday. “You have confidence, […]

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Raiders v Broncos

Daily Madden: Can The Raiders Rattle Peyton Manning?

The Broncos meet the winless Raiders in Oakland Sunday, a week after Denver was trounced by the Patriots.

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Daily Madden: Not A Must Win For 49ers, But Close To One

Two NFL teams with 4-4 records, the 49ers and the Saints, meet in New Orleans Sunday.

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Sportscaster and former Los Angeles Raiders coach John Madden sits in a shady spot while covering the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am in Pebble Beach, California in 1992. (Stephen Dunn / Staff)

Daily Madden: How The Telestrator Was Born

A feature article about John Madden in Thursday’s USA Today includes a 1982 picture of Madden working the telestrator to diagram plays for his NFL broadcasts.

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