- Series: Art & Science of Coaching
- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Coaches Choice; DVD Video edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585181781
- ISBN-13: 978-1585181780
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bunch Attack: Using Compressed Formations in the Passing Game (Art & Science of Coaching) Paperback – May 1, 2000
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The bunch package presented in this material introduces a fun and imaginative way to add a new look to your multiple formation look. Coaches Coverdale and Robinson have compiled one of the most complete outlines of this principle that I have seen. Its detail and comprehensive approach will be an excellent guide for you to use in implementing these concepts into your offense. We have used the bunch offense a great deal during my coaching career and always felt that it was a viable part of our complete offensive package. Whether you use multiple sets in your offensive scheme or are just looking for something new to add as a changeup to your normal offensive scheme, you will find The Bunch Attack a valuable part of your coaching library. --Brian Billick, ESPN Analyst, Former Head Coach, Baltimore Ravens --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Andrew Coverdale is currently the offensive coordinator at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where in two stints on the Shamrocks staff he has been a part of four state championship teams. Before assuming his present position in 2006, he served as the head football coach at Castle (IN) High School for three seasons. He has also been on the interscholastic football staffs at Brown County (IN), McClutcheon (IN), and Noblesville (IN), as well as serving on the staff as an assistant coach at Taylor University. A 1993 graduate of LSU, Coverdale is widely respected for his thorough understanding of offensive football and for his ability to teach players at all competitive levels. A much sought-after clinic speaker, he has written a number of well-received instructional books and has been featured on 11 instructional DVDs.
Dan Robinson is the head football coach at Northwestern (IN) High School, a position he assumed in 1999. This is Dan s second stint with the Tigers, having previously served in the same position at Northwestern from 1982-1994. A 1973 graduate of Ball State, he has also coached at Taylor University and North Central (IN) High School. Robinson is widely regarded for his extensive knowledge of the passing game.
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In order to understand all the adjustments and "tags" added to route packages, you must have a sound understanding of coverage schemes. For each route package the author goes into detail on what modifications (routes, formations, motions) can be used to exploit almost any coverage. This includes not only basic cover 0,1,2,3,4, but also 2 man free, cover 3 sky and cloud, banjo/triangle man coverage etc. As you can see, much of this will be hard to decipher if you do not have a fundamental understanding of these coverage schemes.
Another challenge that his book presents is how to incorporate these ideas into a pre-existing system. It may seem like a true "bunch" system is nothing but 4 WR's and a lone back in the backfield. This would not fit a lot of offensive systems, let alone personnel. Fortunately, this book dispels the single back myth, and includes many alternative ways to line up, both formation wise and personnel wise. For example, you could set X and Z to the left, Y in the tight end spot on the right, and an offset "I" backfield with the fullback offset to the right (strong). This does not sound like a bunch formation, but by simply motioning Z across the Y, you now have Z as #1, Y as #2, and F as #3 all frontside. This formation and motion would be achieved by the call: Larry Strong, Z 6. As you can see, this is pretty concise and simple.
My favorite part of the book is not the routes or adjustments, but rather the author's system for formations and motion. He uses a very flexible and consistent system that gives you a lot of freedom as a play caller. I have been searching for a formation/motion system that is numerical, short, simple, and intuitive and I believe the one presented in this book is one of the best I have come across. I highly recommend this book.
I recommend this book be used by high school coaches and above.
If you want to read a five stars book on passing read;
"THE EXPLOSIVE DOUBLE SLOT OFFENSE"
By Coach Tom F. Smythe