Steelers trying to fix communication problems

PITTSBURGH (AP) Forget about the headsets. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for that matter too.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' issues in their opening week loss to New England had nothing to do with technology and everything to do with the most basic kind of communication, the kind where you open your mouth and talk to the person closest to you.

It didn't happen nearly enough against the defending Super Bowl champions.

The schedule makers gave the Steelers 10 days to fix things before hosting San Francisco in their home opener Sunday.

The extra down time allows the defense to regroup and coach Mike Tomlin to reassess his secondary. He expects there to be a period of transition with Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor retired. It appears it might take longer than expected.

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