The Bunch formation provides the offense a versatile and simple passing strategy, allowing the quarterback to find the open receiver quickly.
The Bunch is made up of a group of three receivers to the same side.
- The point receiver aligns on the line of scrimmage, split five yards from the nearest offensive lineman.
- The inside receiver aligns two yards off the line of scrimmage and two yards to the inside of the point receiver.
- The outside receiver aligns two yards off the line of scrimmage and two yards to the outside of the point receiver.
Base Pass Pattern
Point Receiver: Runs an inside route, reaching a depth of six yards over the strong side 'A' gap.
Outside Receiver: Runs a six yard 'stop' pattern.
Inside Receiver: Runs a three yard 'out' pattern, brushing off the tail of the point receiver.
Run to perfection, the pass play sets up a quick 'Outside-In' triangle progression for the quarterback.
- The flat receiver is the first choice. It is an easy five yard gain.
- The stop route is the next choice.
- The third choice is the point receiver over the middle.
The Bunch is a successful way to attack defensive secondary playing zone coverage.
Beating 'Man' Coverage
Man-to-Man secondary coverage can disrupt Bunch timing. To counter, place the best receiver on the back side, creating an advantage in a one-on-one pass coverage situation.
- Adjust the point receivers split ratio; tightening for designed run plays and widening for designated pass plays.
- Develop a slip screen to the bunch side to take advantage of the spacing created.