SANTA CLARA – The rough day for the 49ers’ pass defense will not prompt the team to make any changes to the defensive backfield, coach Jim Tomsula said on Wednesday.
When asked if there might be a lineup change this week, Tomsula answered, “No, sir.”
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh had pass plays of 59, 56, 48, 41, 35 and 28 yards. The 49ers surrendered an average of 13.7 yards for every Steelers pass attempt.
And things will not get a whole lot easier on Sunday when the 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Carson Palmer, who has seven touchdown passes in the first two games.
“We have nothing but respect for their receiver corps,” Tomsula said. “Obviously, Larry Fitzgerald – I’ve been here for nine years – I’ve seen Larry Fitzgerald on the football field a lot of times. They do a wonderful job. They’re extremely talented and well-coached. Nothing but respect for coach (Bruce) Arians and his staff.
“But I also have a lot of respect for our secondary, too. I like them. I have a lot of respect for them.”
The 49ers did not get any pressure on Roethlisberger on Sunday, and each of the 49ers’ starting defensive backs – cornerbacks Kenneth Acker and Tramaine Brock, and safeties Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea -- surrendered big plays in the passing game.