After playing in the second game of a Monday Night Football double header, their 20-3 win over the Vikings, the 49ers will have six days to get ready for the cross-country trip to Pittsburgh.
Head coach Jim Tomsula is approaching that task without excuses this week.
"We looked at that and planned accordingly. That’s just the facts of it. That’s where it is. We got to go," he said.
After Tomsula was hired and assembled his coaching staff in the winter, he said began preparing for his opponents, which were already known before the schedule came out in the spring. There was extra emphasis on the divisional opponents, which the 49ers face twice each year.
"We did advanced work on everybody on the schedule," Tomsula said. "We were on the division real quick, then as soon as the soon as the schedule comes out, we start systematically doing our work. And in the offseason, getting into the season. You sprinkle those things through training camp, you sprinkle those things through the offseason...You can choreograph calls and things as you’re installing what fronts you want to block and all those kind of things. That’s just the normal progression of it."
The Steelers lost on the road in their opener to the New England Patriots, 28-21, with New England tight end Rob Gronkowski accounting for three touchdowns and 94 yards receiving. Tom Brady threw for 288 yards, completing 25 of 32 passes (78 percent).
Tomsula has been impressed throughout training camp and the preseason with the way his players have worked to maintain their bodies. He said Carlos Hyde was one of the last players to leave the stadium after running for 168 yards and two touchdowns because he was working with the team's training staff on regeneration, using the state-of-the-art training facility adjecent to the locker room in Levi's Stadium.
"That’s the tough part of the NFL, that’s what makes the NFL what it is, what makes it so difficult to win on a weekly basis. But the good teams find a way to do it," Wilhoite said. "You’re not going to hear anybody complain, you’re not going to hear anybody give excuses before or after the game. We’re just going to take it like it is. We know this going into it."
Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.
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