Ugly tie: Browns coach: Taylor, offense must ‘play better’

Josh Gordon got a start for the Browns but that wasn’t supposed to happen. More

Josh Gordon got a start for the Browns but that wasn’t supposed to happen. More

Then when Gordon started Sunday, Jackson told reporters it was a miscommunication which resulted in the wide receiver seeing the field from the first play.

Taylor completed only 15 of his 40 attempts for 197 yards with one touchdown against one interception against the Steelers.

"I think I went out there and served my objective and did whatever I was supposed to do, whether it was to distract the safety or get somebody else open", Gordon said, "More than anything, I did not even thing about the targets until somebody mentioned that at the end of the game".

"I want us to get better here this next week, and go to this game and play much better than we played this past week".

"He's the quarterback", coach Hue Jackson said Monday regarding Taylor.

Gordon said the coaching staff decided at halftime to play him more than was originally planned.

Mayfield, the first overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, did not get into Sunday's game and will not be the starter in the Browns' second game against New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Jackson said he was putting his foot down, and Gordon would not get any preferential treatment. To a certain extent, Jackson said, that starts with getting Gordon and the Browns' playmakers the ball more.

"When sacks happen, everybody wants to just pin it on the offensive line", Jackson said on September 10 in his day-after news conference.




Just as baffling was that Gordon did not play the rest of the first series or the entire second series - perhaps a delayed penalty.

Jackson wouldn't pinpoint Taylor's problems in the opener - he led the team in rushing and ran for a TD - but made it clear the 28-year-old had better step up his game.

Jackson said leading up to the first game Gordon would not start because other wide receivers had earned the right presumably by playing in every preseason game. "I did some good things, but I feel like I could have done more".

"I don't know if it's a good look".

Cleveland's entire offense misfired in the opener, but Gordon believes the unit can take a large leap forward in Week 2. "I think in the National Football League, that's the biggest jump for most teams - after that first week". "Hats off to a good defense, but there were some things that (the Steelers) did not necessarily take away from us, and there were things that we can clean up and get better at".

The Baker Mayfield era in Cleveland is not going to begin this week. He's got all the tools. "It's not. The offensive unit as a whole has got to play better".

Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah suffered a left ankle injury on the final play of the first quarter.

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