Defending the RPO in the 353.

by Max Wiltz
Defending the RPO in the 353.


In this lesson I will cover several strategies that we have used in the 353 to slow down and stop the RPO. The 353 allows flexibilty, range and adaptabilty to defend the RPO. 

I will focus on 3 fundamental keys:

 - False Offensive Reads

 - Lock Coverage

 - Zone Pressure


The Coach


Max Wiltz

The Attack 353 Specialist


24 years’ experience as HC/OC/DC. As a DC I specialize in the 353 which can adapt to any offensive system. I have coordinated several units that have allowed less than 10 ppg and developed dozens of college prospects.

My version of the 353 combines multiple attack points, combo coverage's, zone blitz packages, auto checks and other systematic controls that enable the athletes on the field to be consistently successful.

Recently, Coach Wiltz was selected as a Parker Resources Defensive Coordinator of the Year (2021), and currently the Defensive Coordinator at Riverdale High School in Riverdale GA.

2021 9-1-1, 2ND round GHSA TEAM RANKED #9 IN GA - Top 3 Defense in GA in AAAA

2020 8-3, 3rd round GHSA - Top 3 Defense in GA in AAAA

2019 7-4, 1st Round GHSA

2018 7-4, 1st Round GHSA

2011 – 7-4, 1st RD GHSA

2010 – REGION 4AAAA RUNNER UP, 9-2 – 1ST RD GHSA Top 3 Defense in AAAA

2009 – REGION 4AAAA RUNNER UP, 10-3 – 3rd RD GHSA Top 3 Defense in AAAA

2008 – REGION 4AAAA CHAMPIONS, 10-2 – 2ND RD GHSA Top 3 Defense in AAAA

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