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Ugly tie: Browns coach: Taylor, offense must 'play better'

Ugly tie: Browns coach: Taylor, offense must 'play better'

Tyrod Taylor has said what most of us were thinking, that the film from the Browns' opener showed opportunities he missed down the field.

"We can do a better job of getting him the ball and getting him opportunities to make plays", Taylor said.

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. Despite claims that Gordon wouldn't start in the opener, he started and played 69-of-89 snaps, finishing with just 1 catch on 3 targets, although the lone snag was a lovely 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The play was a pass that resulted in Tyrod Taylor scrambling for 6 yards.

Last week, Jackson was adamant that Gordon would not be in the starting lineup against Pittsburgh after he missed more than three weeks of camp to address his personal health during his public battle with drugs and alcohol.

Following the game, Jackson said he wasn't aware that Gordon was in until it was too late, adding another layer of puzzlement to the situation. "I was just out there running my route and the ball came out, I gotta adjust to the ball as I see it. And for us, we've got to take off in a big way".




Just as baffling was that Gordon did not play the rest of the first series or the entire second series - perhaps a delayed penalty. He was in the game consistently from that point, finishing with 69 snaps, behind only Jarvis Landry among the receivers. Jackson said Harrison was responsible for one sack. "I don't even think about the targets until somebody mentioned it at the end of the game, but I was just going to keep on running until I got the opportunity". "It's done with. We move on". His lone reception was a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game with 1:58 to play in regulation.

Gordon pulled off the sensational snare in the fourth quarter of the 21-21 AFC North matchup on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

"His job is to get the offense to play the best that it can play, but it takes more than just him", Jackson said.

The Saints await this week in New Orleans and they're a ideal example of a good team finding a way to get the ball into the hands of their top playmaker. But the coach said the offense's struggles were not because of Taylor alone. I felt my feet get down.

Jackson gave an incredulous look when presented with the notion that Taylor might be on some kind "of leash" with No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield behind him. The veteran quarterback is confident the Browns offense can be kick started after just one additional week of practice. "We're trying to win".