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November 30, 2007

Testaverde saw glimpses of Romo's potential

As this season rolls on, it becomes more clear with each passing game that as Tony Romo goes, so go the Dallas Cowboys. Romo took down Green Bay Thursday night, and that likely wasn’t much of a surprise to Carolina QB Vinny Testaverde. When Vinny was starting for Dallas in 2004, Romo was his backup, and Testaverde was impressed with what he saw in the kid that year.

"There’s a lot of guys that have ability but not all of them make it," Testaverde said. "You have to have some intangibles, you have to have something special about you. The thing about Tony was, he was eager to learn, he just looked like he was hungry for it, just wanted to be successful.

"He was always with me, watching film and studying and asking questions. And obviously his abilities allow him to play the position like very few have."

Testaverde said it varies with different quarterbacks, but on average he believes a young QB needs three years in the league before he’s ready to be an NFL starter. Romo watched for three seasons in Dallas, then took over. Carolina’s Matt Moore, who is likely to back up Vinny on Sunday after David Carr’s recent struggles, is a promising first-year player.


Posted by Observer Sports on November 30, 2007 at 04:16 PM | Permalink


Willy, "I will bet Stan's combover"...wow, that's cold, bro, but funny. I kinda like it, cause it's about all I've got left...

Posted by: stan olson | Nov 30, 2007 4:24:28 PM

God, I wish the Panthers had Romo.

Posted by: Matt West | Nov 30, 2007 6:11:25 PM

Romo was a product of the parcell generation.. This guy and his crew (if they did ANYTHING right) could develop a quarterback.. And now romo is shining from all that he has learned from those years.. We need a new set of coaches if we are to ever develop a young qb into the next star.. I think carolina is always looking for the "quick" offensive fix, we need to draft a qb with a great young arm and focus on the O-LINE as well as our DB's (gawd they suck).. then MAYBE we can stay at least competitive in our division.. So sad seeing this division go from being one of the NFC's most dominant and competitive to being the worst and lowest regaurded division in football.. There aren't really any good QB's in this division, hardly any in the NFC period..

Bottom line is, we need to DRAFT a qb with an arm and no more lazy pass pansies.. duck balls get picked off..

Posted by: Panther Fan but.. | Nov 30, 2007 8:18:22 PM

God, I hope we never have Romo.

Posted by: joe | Nov 30, 2007 8:27:33 PM

in this season, having a good qb doesnt always mean success in the league, look at the Bengals with Palmer, Brees with the Saints; and having an average qb doesnt always mean you have a bad team like the Jaguars with Garrard and Quinn Gray, Garcia with the Bucs. The point being is that you dont fire an entire staff for the purpose of hiring a new staff who will develop a qb. The secondary has been suprisingly decent, it seems like Chris Harris forces a fumble every game and Gamble improved from last year, but Lucas is terrible, PLEASE START MARSHALL. Our main problem on defense is they are on the field entirely too much due to the offensive struggles, plus they get no pass rush with the front four. How do they fix it? I dont know, ask Procton!!

Posted by: mattdaddy | Nov 30, 2007 8:42:57 PM

This is kind of off target, but I have to let my frustrations out. It took law enforcement and authorities absolutely NO TIME to find Sean Taylor's assailants and murderer. WOW! That was very quick! You think local government agents are more concerned about the rich and famous than they are the poor and insignificant others? If it were the average Joe, that case would be back-logged and eventually closed. What a damn shame that so many people in this country are so ignorant that they can't see that one, and have enough fortitude to do something about it!

Posted by: SC | Nov 30, 2007 11:27:48 PM

I'm with you on that,SC. Cops would rather pass out seatbelt tickets to the poor, "insignificant" people who wear them, while protecting the "powerful" people at the drop of a hat.

Piss-poor justice system, I'd say.

Posted by: hillbilly | Dec 1, 2007 12:18:43 AM

Sorry buddy. I could have said I will bet Mark Richardson's hair gel, David Carr's Justin Timberlake hat collection, one of David Poole's chins or Tom Sorenson's ego, none of which are in short supply.

Posted by: Willy | Dec 1, 2007 1:59:39 PM

They caught the men who did it, is it fair that all crimes, murder or otherwise, arent approached with the same prudence and priority? No, but life is not fair, are you guys really finding fault in the way the investigation was carried out?

Posted by: mattdaddy | Dec 1, 2007 2:58:05 PM

Again it is very obvious drafting a QB in the 1st Round and then throwing him in in his 1st year very rarely works in this era of the NFL. You are more likely to ruin a QB.

Let them sit out for at least 1 season, learn and then if the cast is reasonable play them. Having no cast and then drafting a QB in round 1 and starting them from day 1 just doesn't work in the current NFL. You are going ruin players like that.

Even Peyton Manning struggled when he was put in as a rookie and Tom Brady sat behind Drew Bledsoe in New England before playing. And these two will go down as 2 of the greatest QBs ever.

I do fear for Matt Moore, he has no supporting cast so Vinny is the best option for now and in the long term if we don't want to ruin Moore.

If you want any evidence for me point just look at David Carr.

Posted by: CS | Dec 1, 2007 7:30:22 PM

there's is no question that Vinny should be the starter.

Posted by: joe | Dec 2, 2007 12:59:28 AM

No, mattdaddy, I'll not argue that the case was handled as proficiently and professionally as is due all cases. But that's just it, not all cases are handled in such a way.

Argue that.

Posted by: hillbilly | Dec 2, 2007 3:15:03 AM

no all cases are not handled in exactly the same way, but I imagine its been that way since the begining of the criminal justice system and it will be that way long after we are gone, its like one of those things we almost just have to accept.

Posted by: mattdaddy | Dec 2, 2007 9:55:09 AM

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