SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum set NCAA records for career passing yards, touchdowns and completions. But he’s not projected to be a top draft pick because he’s viewed by many as a “system quarterback.”

“They think the success comes from the system that they play and coaching rather than the talent of the player,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew.

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Madden said many good quarterbacks never get a chance to prove themselves.

“Those guys should have a place to go play,” Madden said. “Then you get a Kurt Warner story. Kurt Warner couldn’t make it anywhere, and then he ends up in the Arena League, and then someone signs him and the next thing he’s winning the Super Bowl. So there’s that transition period for those guys. They do well in college, and maybe they’re a system guy or not, but then they don’t have any place after college to play a few years to make that transition.”

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Former NFL receiver Terrell Owens caught three touchdown passes Saturday in his debut with the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers. John Madden said Owens’ chances of returning to the NFL are slim.

“It doesn’t seem like there’s any interest out there,” Madden said. “T.O. has the age (39) and the injury (ACL surgery last year)… Playing in this league or playing in this game could be his combine type of thing and people would see him and maybe get some interest. But as we speak now I haven’t heard anyone who has any interest in him.” (8:20)

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