Tomlin: 3 takes as Steelers prepare for 49ers


Learning along the way:* *The Steelers have begun preparation for the San Francisco 49ers this week at Heinz Field, and in doing so players have talked about making adjustments and learning from mistakes that happened in the opening night loss to the Patriots.

Coach Mike Tomlin said he is sure he will see the effects of what was learned in that loss when the game kicks off on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"I think that's going to be evident," said Tomlin. "I think you learn a lot about yourself after having fielded a team inside a stadium. We will get an opportunity to see our responses to the things that transpired Thursday night as we step into this one. We are going to know a lot more in that regard as we make the necessary adjustments after having played 60 minutes of football."

On the run: Running back DeAngelo Williams got his first start for the Steelers against the Patriots, finishing with 127 yards, tops in the AFC for the week and third overall in the NFL. Tomlin once again said he wasn't surprised by the performance of the veteran back.

"He's been very consistent for us," said Tomlin. "Although sparingly in some instances in the preseason, I thought that his play Thursday night reflected his play throughout the preseason and training camp. He reported in great shape. He has been a real positive contributor to our efforts in just about everything that we've asked him to do. I look forward to him doing that."

New look, same look: The 49ers have a new head coach in Homestead, Pa. native Jim Tomsula. Tomlin said there are things you have to account for when you play a team with a new leader, but there are still some things familiar about the 49ers. "This is a small league in that vein," said Tomlin. "We are familiar with Coach (Eric) Mangini (defensive coordinator), although he's new to his position. We have competed against him in a variety of ways. Chris Foerster, their offensive line coach, has been around. We have competed against him. I think his impact or influence is reflected in their run game. So there is familiarity there. I just think that's the nature of today's NFL."
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