Boom! Pow!! RIP Mr. Madden

A sad day for football, and a sad day in general. Local boy John Madden passed away yesterday at the age of 85. A life well-spent is a life well lived, and Madden embodied that to a T. His family moved to Daly City when he was a youngster, and he played alongside John Robinson at the JC College of San Mateo. He then went to Cal Poly SLO where he starred as an offensive tackle.

Drafted by the Eagles, he suffered a knee injury in camp that ended his career before it started. While trying to rehab, he spent a lot of time watching film with Eagles QB Norm Van Brocklin as he explained what was going on. His knee never recovered, so he took an assistant coaching gig in Santa Maria, CA. From there he went to SD State as their defensive coordinator and coached under offensive guru Don (Air) Coryell, who put that program on the map as a top small college school.

Al Davis hird him as his LBB coach in 1967, and by 1969 ws named head coach when John Rauch bailed on Dirty Al and went to Buffalo. Amazingly, Manned never had a losing season as a head coach for his 10 year tenure. He missed the playoffs only twice in that span, and won the 1976 Super Bowl over the Minnesota Vikings (“Old man Willie!”) 32-14.

Growing up a 49er fans, it was pretty much carved in stone that you didn’t like the Raiders. That’s just how it was. And while I hated the organization, I did dig a lot of the players. Ted Hendricks, Dave Casper, Daryle Lamonica, Lyle Alzado, Kenny Stabler, Phil Villapiano, Fred Biletnikoff, and especially the mad scientist keeping all the mayhem under some semblance of control, John Madden.

Even before the Miller Lite ads made him much more famous than his coaching career ever did, and he became the voice of the NFL for 38 seasons, he was a larger-than-life personality that wore his heart on his sleeve, and was fiercely loyal to those who played and bled for him and those he was close to.

Madden was portrayed in ads as the guy next door who it would be great to watch a game and drink a beer with, and he WAS the everyman coach, the blue-collar guy who was connected to his players, treated them like men, and imposed little rules other than ‘show up and come to play your ass off.’ This came to the forefront in the way Bud Grant had so tightly wound up his players for their Super Bowl games, that they invariably failed. Much like Bill Walsh after him, the drive to be a great coach, and the effort it took to produce a championship football team took a huge toll on him physically and mentally. The day-to-day stress was too much, so after 10 years he hung it up.

The rest, as they say, was history. So, come Sunday morning, as we watch the kickoff for whatever game happens to be on, raise a toast to the man, the coach, the announcer, and the legend, John Madden.

Rest in Peace.

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15 Responses to Boom! Pow!! RIP Mr. Madden

  1. 12th Man says:

    Jimmy says he can probably play on Sunday.

    • NJ49ER says:

      Just like he played in TN?
      Still can’t see why Shanny let that happen after a hot start.
      Something stinks in SF if Trey ain’t ready for Prime time.

  2. Irish Kevin says:

    Kyle say he will go out with the training staff too day to be evaluated and then Tomorrow also. Well if all he can do is handoff the ball to a back what good is that. I say put a fork in him, he is done.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Jimmy plays iffy when he’s healthy. He sucks when he’s hurt. So natch, Kyle wants jimmy.

    Fuck me. I want us to lose out now.

    • Winder says:

      The Niners just keep finding ways to disappoint. I was so excited for the season to start and now I would like to see it done also. I would like to see Lance also but not if Shanny doesn’t have a way to protect him with a decent game plan.

  4. Berger says:

    So is it “move over Rover and let Jimmy take over” or is it move over Jimmy and let Rover take over? I’m rooting that it will be Rover.

    Jimmy is not very mobile, so not much of a rover. Lance can rove with the best.

    • NJ49ER says:

      Count how many flat footed throws Jimmeh has made this season.
      Sails the majority of them.
      Horrible mechanics is something I’d expect from Trey, not the well paid starter.
      Shanny is covering, (which makes me furious), for what I don’t know.
      If Trey ain’t ready to go, how do we explain the cost paid to get him?
      We’ll see on Sunday…

  5. NJ49ER says:

    We’re on the bubble for the post season.
    Which is reason for revolt on it’s own merits.
    I’d guess Shanny spent the future Picks knowing Jimmeh wasn’t the answer.
    Given the situation, Playoffs on the horizon, it’s shit or, get off the pot time.
    We’re going to find out if Trey is the future or, Shanny is a lame duck Coach.
    Reality check.

    • Berger says:

      Speaking of shit or get off the pot, if I am up at 11:59 tomorrow I am going to sit on the toilet and try to shit. I’ll be on the pot for 2021 and 2022. It will be a metaphor for same shit, different year.

      • NJ49ER says:

        Given the pending aroma of 2021 and our expectations, Shanny might just have shit the bed by letting the TN game go the way it did Berger.
        I’m going to rewatch the game to confirm where the thumb injury occurred.
        All I fixate on is the pick in the end zone and, the Juice play, that cost us (potentially) 14 points.
        If Shanny knew of the injury, and left Jimmeh in, he’s a flaming moron.

      • Berger says:

        The first pick was before the thumb injury. Don’t know if the Juice overthrow was before or after.

  6. NJ49ER says:

    Jimmeh has no pocket awareness.
    If Shanny opts to have Trey as another RB, (ala Kaep 2.0) it says to me that Shanny can’t groom a QB to play at the NFL level.
    I’d have bet the ranch on Mac Jones prior to the Trey selection simply for the pocket presence factor.
    When he went Trey, I thought Mahomes factor.
    Mahomes sees the field like Russ does.
    Praying Trey does too.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Juice was before. The injury happened right before the end of the half.

    New thread is up.

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