The team's season-opening 21-21 tie Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers is evidence.
Thank you for signing up for the Top 3 Newsletter. It is not. It is the offensive unit as a whole. 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 handsome 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. I think that is the goal, and obviously, he plays a part in that, but so does everybody else. "It was good to get that experience and that feeling underneath me, especially an overtime game, the weather and everything". I have seen us do some really good things.
"He is the quarterback", Jackson said of Taylor.
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. However, Steelers defender Cameron Sutton read the play correctly and corralled the interception.
Jackson noted that getting hit so many times did not help. Got to throw it out there further.
Taylor has received plenty of criticism from media and fans for his poor ball placement in the opener, but Gordon stressed "it's definitely not all on him". He returned in December from a multiyear suspension, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in five games last season.
Taylor and the Browns will look to get things back on track when they take on the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, and in order for the offense to be more successful, Jackson knows it will take a complete effort from all 11 players. "We have got to play better around him".
Regarding injuries, Jackson said defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has an ankle injury that will require him to miss some games, though the coach did not provide more specifics. I think that has got to be the goal. "I'm learning his speed each and every day so that we can be better at connecting, of course, on the deep ball because those plays spring open our offense and ultimately put points on the board".
"We did not play very well yesterday, let's just be honest". Let's just be honest. We have got to play better around him.