But despite Taylor's struggles, Jackson crushed any speculation he's ready to turn his offense over to rookie Baker Mayfield anytime soon. His lone reception was a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game with 1:58 to play in regulation.
"Fine tuning some of the details in the passing game, as well as in the running game", said quarterback Tyrod Taylor, "Guys understood where things went wrong".
"When you look back at the film, which we did, there were things that we beat ourselves on", said Taylor, "Hats off to a good defense, but there were some things that they did not necessarily take away from us, and there were things that we can clean up and get better at".
Gordon said the coaching staff decided at halftime to play him more than was originally planned.More news: Week 1 setback doesn’t change anything for David Johnson and the Cardinals
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. It also happened January 7 when Taylor completed 17-of-37 passes (45.9 percent) for the Buffalo Bills in their 10-3 wild-card playoff loss to Jacksonville.
"Not good enough", Jackson said. Does he have to do his job better? Yes.
"Got to throw it further", Jackson said.
"When you get hit up a few times it becomes a little different", Jackson said.More news: Most Palestinians mistrust Trump, oppose dialogue with US
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. "Our quarterback was our leading rusher".
Taylor completed only 15 of his 40 attempts for 197 yards with one touchdown against one interception against the Steelers. Jackson said the third-year defender "may miss some time" with the injury. "We've got to give him opportunities, and I think we'll do that".
And although Jackson talked about keeping Gordon on a "pitch count" because he hadn't played in any of the four preseason games and was just coming off a hamstring issue, he ended up playing 69 snaps, second only to Jarvis Landry (81) among Cleveland's receivers.
Jackson said Gordon was in because of a personnel grouping the Browns used to open the game.More news: European Parliament votes to trigger Article 7 against Hungary - USA
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.