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Mike Mitchell and the Steelers are getting ready for Gronk.

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell says it’s going to take ‘group effort’ to cover Rob Gronkowski

Mike Mitchell and the Pittsburgh Steelers know it’s a tall task to cover Rob Gronkowski. Mitchell understands that it’s going to take a collective effort to contain one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

“It’s gonna be a group effort. We’ve got several guys we’re going to try to throw (at him),” Mitchell said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “It’s going to require coaches calling the right calls, it’s going be us executing everything they call to a T. There’s no real one real answer.”

The Steelers will face an extra motived Gronk in Week 15. Gronkowski is coming off a one-game suspension for his foolish WWE-style elbow drop in Week 13’s win against the Buffalo Bills. He missed New England’s Monday night loss versus the Miami Dolphins.

New England’s top tight end will be on the field in Pittsburgh.

Gronkowski’s had his way versus the Steelers in five career regular season games. The tight end’s compiled 30 catches and 8 touchdowns against Pittsburgh.

Mitchell and the Steelers concede that they’ve had no answer for the 6-foot-6 tight, so the team is trying to change their fortune this time around. Pittsburgh’s success in doing so will go a long way in determining the winner in Sunday’s AFC showdown.