John Madden: ‘Something Has To Be Done About Thursday Night Football. It Doesn’t Work’

Arizona Cardinals vs Oakland Raiders - October 22, 2006

Legendary coach and former broadcaster John Madden is now 80-years-old and recovering from multiple ailments including heart surgery last year.  But that hasn’t stopped him from talking about the game that he loves.

Madden recently sat down with Cam Inman of the East Bay Times and was asked about many things including the decline of NFL ratings this year. He proceeded to throw shots at the lack of good teams in the league and Thursday night football.

“What happens is there are not a lot of good teams, and they have too many windows to put these games in,” Madden said. “When you think of an early Sunday window, a late Sunday window, a Sunday night window, a Monday night window, a Thursday night window. They all want good games, and there’s not enough good teams.”

“Something has to be done about Thursday Night Football. It just doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s not only a fan thing, it’s a team thing. It’s a safety thing. It’s a competitive thing. It doesn’t work. I know about money, and I know about business. Maybe you have to tweak stuff a little more. To help teams, maybe you get a bye the week before.”
 That’s not going to stop him from missing any games, including the Thanksgiving triple-header:

“Yeah, yeah. I’m goofy. I watch them all. It’s not, ‘Boy, that Madden, he just loves football and he can’t live without it.’ I’m always afraid I’m going to miss something. ‘Oh shoot, I didn’t see that!’ So I want to watch it.”


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