John Madden is a Hall of Famer that coached the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl Championship, a Broadcaster that spanned over four decades and has the most famous sports game named after him, so it is safe to say the guy knows a little something about coaching and Football. In a story from Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer, Madden believes that Jim Harbaugh‘s first year as an NFL coach with the San Francisco 49ers was “the best coaching job in the history of the NFL”.
Madden on Harbaugh:
Just in my mind, the time that I’ve studied the game, someone that had all those things stacked against him. There was a lockout, so he didn’t get to work with any of the players. He couldn’t put his program in. He had to take what was there, he had no time for free agency. And he made the best of it and got to the championship game, came that close.
Leading up to his first year, Harbaugh had to deal with the lockout that encroached on Training Camp, had to re-sign the much maligned Alex Smith and made him a playoff winning quarterback that brought the Niners a second-round pick and either a second or third-round pick next year which should be enough to make a successful season. But he was able to coach that team into the NFC Championship game that heartbreakingly ended their playoff run early.
Madden has also been a huge fan of Colin Kaepernick since he was at the University of Nevada.
It’s a funny thing, but if you’d ever be flipping through the channels and didn’t know what you wanted to watch, Nevada always played on a Wednesday night, Thursday. When you didn’t expect a football game, Nevada was on TV. So I probably saw Nevada play when Kaepernick was there 20 times. He was a great college player and he didn’t get any play.
When I watched him, he had a strong arm. You knew that. There’s a thing where a guy doesn’t have a strong arm, or the guy’s too small, or he can’t run – Kaepernick could do all those things. I remember I said to Al [Davis],’What’s wrong with Kaepernick?’ And Al said,’Nothing.’ But I think Kaepernick was just under the radar.
I always wondered, what was wrong with him? Because I couldn’t see anything wrong. I just thought, there must be something wrong with him because he was never in play [among the top prospects]. Wherever the line was, he was next guy.
Madden has become a “big fan” of Kaepernick and again shows the meteoric rise that Colin has experienced in the past year. Having a legend like Madden on your side is never a bad thing. BOOM!