Amidst the cries for a youth movement and a move to Chad Pennington, the 38-year-old veteran, has made his 16th NFL camp one of his best.
In three preseason games against the defenses of Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New York, Testaverde completed 28-of-39 passes for 317 yards, two TD's and no INT's. On the opening drives of all three games, he drove the Jets offense down field for a touchdown. The Jets offense is rolling, and their quarterback feels great.
"I feel like I'm in a zone, and things are happening very slow in my mind's eye, so I see things clearly, and it's a good feeling to have."
Testaverde and the offense seem to have finally adjusted to Paul Hackett's complicated, West Coast Offense.
"The thing that most people don't understand is [that] when you have a system like this with so many details and so many plays, you can't just say let's go out and do everything," explains Testaverde. "You have to take steps, and we did that throughout the year. We've done more things to help improve our offense and it's showing up in the preseason."
Hackett and Testaverde seem to have settled their differences from a year ago, and have worked together to make the offense click. Adding a weapon like Santana Moss hasn't hurt either.
"Everybody [is] excited to see his ability and his talent," Testaverde said. "We've watched Laveranues [Coles] and we've watched Wayne [Chrebet], and now we're getting a chance to see Santana."
Perhaps it's a bit presumptuous to liken the Gang Green offense to that of St. Louis, but the Jets have outscored their opponents 78-29 and with a win on Friday against the Eagles, will head into the regular season undefeated.
"We realize it's only the preseason," admitted Testaverde. "We just have to continue to work in the right direction and there's no telling how far this team can go."