Madden: "There's No Place On a Team For Someone Like Me"

In a wide-ranging interview, retired NFL head coach and broadcaster John Madden reiterated that he has no intentions of getting back into coaching or acting as a consultant.
The 73-year-old Hall of Famer told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that he doesn’t see himself working for an NFL team again.
“I can’t see going to a team,” Madden said. “I have too much respect for the game and where it is today that there’s no way that I’d think I could go to a team, because I wouldn’t want to go full time.
“There’s no other job in pro football that’s not a full-time job. You’re either in it and you’re playing, or you’re a coach on the sideline watching. There’s no place on a team for someone like me.
The former Oakland Raiders coach pointed out that a consultant shouldn’t have much influence if they’re not immersed in the day-to-day activities of an NFL team.
“A consulting position might work in another profession, but not in pro football.,” Madden said. “There’s no such thing. They give a guy a parking spot and put his name up as a consultant, and in six months they erase the name.
“Guys are working 16, 18, 20 hours a day. You can’t come in and say, ‘When they go to cover 6 on that side, you ought to run a bob trail and then go play-action.’ They’re not going to listen to that B.S.”
Madden added that he has no interest in owning an NFL team. 
He does plan on attending all of the Raiders’ home games in the suite he owns.

14 responses to “Madden: "There's No Place On a Team For Someone Like Me"

  1. Damn, I was really hoping for a typo at the end of that article.
    Wilson, if Florio were posting, that line would have read:
    “He does plan on attending all of the Raiders’ home games in the suit he owns.”
    Then all of us clever commenters could have made Madden’s suit jokes. Instead, we’re left with this.

  2. “Guys are working 16, 18, 20 hours a day. You can’t come in and say, ‘When they go to cover 6 on that side, you ought to run a bob trail and then go play-action.’ They’re not going to listen to that B.S.”
    This may be the smartest thing he has said in many, many years.

  3. There is no chance Madden goes to work for an NFL team, he spends too much time on his part time gig – washing Brett Favre’s balls.
    -His FOOTballs.
    Get your mind out of the gutter.
    Sheesh.

  4. I’m going to miss this guy. Oh well, here’s to a great retirement for him.

  5. Welcome back, in any capacity, to the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum John. Even as a spectator.

  6. That is absolutely not true. A senile old man who hasn’t been aware of anything going on around him in the last 15 years?
    He could own the Raiders.

  7. Please note that this was said BEFORE Favre announced he’s coming back. We all should know by now how much stammering Madden loves him some Favre.

  8. “This may be the smartest thing he has said in many, many years.”
    Actually, people say that he’s a pretty damn intelligent guy, and that “lookit guy go BOOM!” persona is a bit of a stage act. I’m inclined to believe it, because he seems to make a lot more sense in interviews I’ve seen than when he’s announcing games.

  9. Davis should hire Madden to be his media/image consultant. Even in a part-time role, you gotta believe Davis could use the help. Plus, he and Madden could watch Cocoon together and dream the impossible dream.

  10. Madden is just trying his damndest to imitate his man-crush Favre. Come early July, he’ll go back on his words and be trying to force his way into Minnesota.

  11. John Madden retiring after only 10 years as a head coach was a damn shame. John Madden not retiring from broadcasting about 10 years ago was also a damn shame. Even that had gotten to be too much of a full-time job for him, which is obvious anytime he’s been off for a while and then talks football, as his comments suddenly become much more lucid and thought-out.

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