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Sanders hauls in the pass as if he were the intended receiver. He high-steps 10 yards downfield, and fans in the bleachers howl louder than they have all morning. Wright drops his head, knowing he's going to hear it from Fassel.
"Hey!" Fassel says to Wright. "You've got to see that now. I mean, he is sitting on that thing, and you're throwing it all the way across the field. It's not going to work." (Translation: Wright should have recognized that Sanders was waiting to jump the route and was baiting the quarterback.) Because of Wright's mistake, Fassel decides to run PFB Double Square Out two times more than planned. On his second try Wright dumps the ball to rookie fullback Justin Green for a completion just beyond the line of scrimmage.
Then Boller gets a turn. With a safety sneaking in to his right, Boller overthrows wideout Clarence Moore on the left side. "Did they bail?" Boller asks Fassel, wanting to know if the defenders dropped off the short routes and concentrated on the two wides. Doesn't matter, Fassel tells him, just make your read and throw it. "All you have to do is rhythm-throw and you'll be fine," Fassel says.
Wright goes back under center, and Sanders covers wide receiver Patrick Johnson. Wright doesn't even look left this time; he completes the square out to Fred Stamps, the wideout on the right.
After the two-hour practice ends, Fassel walks off the field and reflects on the execution of his pet play. "If it were all perfect, they wouldn't need coaches," he says. "They pay those guys on defense, too."
It isn't long before the Ravens' offense starts running smoothly. Over the first two weeks of camp they run PFB Double Square Out 22 times and complete 14 passes, an excellent percentage. If Boller can make the play work as often during the season, he will make Fassel a happy man.
Making It Happen
Each skill-position player's role in the play PFB Double Square Out, as designed by Jim Fassel
QB --�Takes a quick five-step drop when three defensive backs are deep, a slower drop with slightly more time to pick a target against two deep safeties. Against three-deep coverage, the first progression read is to find the safety sneaking down and look first at the wideout on opposite side from safety. If the wideout is covered, the next option is the fullback or the running back. Against two-deep, if neither safety is bearing down on the tight end, he's the first option. But if a safety joins a linebacker in covering the tight end, the Z, or flanker, is the first option, followed by the backs. Alert: Be smart. Look for the great athletic matchup, such as a tall receiver against a short nickelback.