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Which Eye
In 1937, during quarterback Sammy Baugh’s very first practice as a Washington Redskin, he questioned Head Coach Ray Flaherty about throwing the football.  Flaherty said, “They tell me you’re quite a passer,” and Baugh responded, “I reckon I can throw a little.”  Flaherty then took him aside and explained his philosophy about putting the ball in the air.  “The forward pass is only used as a desperation play, when the team is way behind in points,” said Flaherty.  Coaches at that time believed that when you passed, only three things could happen and two of them were bad.  The good would be a completion and the two bad things would be an incomplete pass resulting in a loss of down and the other an interception by the defense.  “Passing requires uncanny accuracy,” said Flaherty, shaking his head side to side.  Just then, as Redskin receiver Wayne Millner began to run a buttonhook pass pattern, Flaherty said, “You must be able to hit that receiver in the eye.”  Sammy Baugh then raised his arm to throw and asked Flaherty, “Which Eye?”  In 1937, Sammy Baugh would put the entire league on notice with his very first play from scrimmage, as he dropped back into his own end zone and connected on a 42-yard pass to Cliff Battles.  In his first season, Baugh not only led the league in passing, but also led the Redskins’ franchise to their very first NFL Championship. 
                                                           Andy Purvis


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