False outrage? Hue Jackson now lists Josh Gordon as starter

It was just one game but it was definitely a promising one for the Steelers’ maligned defense

It was just one game but it was definitely a promising one for the Steelers’ maligned defense

But, said Jackson, "I don't think it's the ankle sprain that lasts six weeks or whatever that is". He took seven sacks and rushed eight times for 77 yards (9.6 average) and a touchdown.

"I was not (surprised)", Taylor said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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 just did not see the consistency in us doing some really good things".

Jackson did not absolve Taylor of all the blame.

"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".

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. Gordon had one reception for 17 yards.

"The sentiment I'm getting here is [the problem was] him", Jackson said. "That starts with myself". "So to talk about it, what's it going to do?" We have to play better as an offensive unit.

Taylor threw toward Gordon a fourth time, but the play was wiped out by a penalty.

Still, Gordon, who missed most of training camp on a leave of absence to focus on his recovery from addiction, made the most of those limited chances.

"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".

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 is as resilient as they come", Gordon said,"I expect nothing else from him except to bounce back in a major way". "What I am also saying in there is that it is not all him". Tyrod Taylor has said what most of us were thinking, that the film from the Browns' opener showed opportunities he missed down the field. He has to continue to work to begin in the right spot.