SANTA CLARA – The NFL schedule-makers did the 49ers no favor with a quick turnaround from Week 1 to Week 2.
The 49ers played the final game on Monday night – a game that started two hours later than usual because of the late kickoff of the opening-week doubleheader. The 49ers are 1-0 entering their second game after a 20-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.
Now, the 49ers must travel cross-country for an early Sunday kickoff (10 a.m., Pacific time) against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Oh, by the way, the Steelers opened their regular season Thursday night with loss at the New England Patriots. Pittsburgh has a four-day advantage in rest and preparation over the 49ers as both clubs enter Week 2.
San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula said the daunting opening to the schedule does not faze him.
“We looked at that and planned accordingly,” Tomsula said. “That’s just the facts of it. That’s where it is. That’s where we go. We’ve got a game Sunday in Pittsburgh. And we’re going to get on an airplane, we’re going to prepare this week and we’re going to go play.
“All we want to know is what the parameters are. Give us the parameters, give us the facts and then let’s put a plan together to attack it and go at it. That’s it, that’s as deep as it gets with me. There’s where it is. OK, here we go. This is what we’ve got guys. That’s, and I mean, I think we’ve got a whole group here that’s the same way. That’s where it is.”
There is one advantage for the 49ers: The Steelers’ early first game enabled the 49ers’ coaching staff to begin designing portions of the game plan a few days early. Mike Tomlin’s staff did not get its first opportunity to look at the 49ers’ new schemes on film until Tuesday morning.
Of course, the 49ers will have less time to prepare on the field. Typically, Wednesday is a big practice day. That day this week will be used for “clean up and installation,” or as Tomsula calls it, “C and I.”
The 49ers will practice Thursday and Friday before leaving for Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon.