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Wide-Eyed Snyder Spreads Tales of Eagles' Strength at Rooney U.

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This article, originally published in the Post-Gazette on Sept. 6, 1955, notes that quarterback Jack Unitas of Louisville was cut from the Steelers.

OLEAN, N.Y. Sept. 6 (Special) -- Bob Snyder, backfield coach of the Steelers, has joined the growing army of experts who regard the Philadelphia Eagles as the toughest team in the National Football League.

Snyder made known his regard for Coach Jim Trimble's crew after scouting them in Saturday's 24-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

"What a ball club!" exclaimed Snyder as he made his report to Coach Walt Kiesling yesterday. "they have everything -- speed, power, depth and as good a defensive platoon as I've seen in the league."

Snyder's report came as Kiesling and his staff met here yesterday to devise a defense against the Eagles, the Steelers' foe at Forbes Field Sunday.

Fatal on Passes

The Steeler backfield coach was particularly impressed with the Eagle ends, Norm Willey and Tom Scott, and their linebackers, Wayne Robinson and Chuck Bednarik.

"You don't get much chance to use a passing game against those guys," said Snyder. "The linebackers won't let your receivers downfield and one of those ends is always hanging around the passer's neck."

Like everyone else who has watched him, Snyder was also impressed by Ted Wegert, the rookie who is making the ball club without benefit of any college training, Wegert, a 200-pound halfback who played for Bainbridge Navy last year, scored four of the Eagles first five touchdowns this year.

Shields, Unitas Cut

Burrell Shields, who played half the season last year, failed in his bid for a left-halfback job and led the parade out of camp today.

Others leaving with him are Halfbacks Bill Staudenmaier of Chattanooga, and Ed Smith of Southwest Texas, Quarterback Jack Unitas of Louisville, Guard Vince Werl of Dayton and Tackle Joe Cimini of Mississippi State.

Unitas, a Pittsburgher, was the biggest of the quarterback candidates. However, with Ted Marchibroda and Vic Eaton seeing most of the understudy passing duties, the University of Louisville passer never got a chance to play in a ball game.

Schweder Recovers

Meanwhile, Guard John Schweder, who suffered an attack of heat prostration after last Friday's game with the Detroit Lions, rejoined the squad today. He remained in Pittsburgh for a complete physical check-up at Mercy Hospital after a cardiograph in Miami disclosed a slight strain on the left side of his heart.

The local medicos could find nothing wrong, however, and he was permitted to return to camp.

The Steelers have concentrated their trade offers on the New York Giants. They're using End George Slima, who is not with the club, as bait for an offensive guard.


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