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Broncos coach, teammates back Orton amid calls for Tebow

  • By Associated Press
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The fans may be chanting "Tebow! Tebow! Tebow!"

Inside Broncos headquarters, the deafening roar is more like, "Orton! Orton! Orton!"

"Kyle's our guy. That's who we're rolling with," running back Willis McGahee said Monday. "Whoever doesn't like it, it is what it is. He's leading the Denver Broncos. He's running the show. So, I mean, I think everybody just needs to get over it."

Which is what coach John Fox said minutes earlier, albeit a bit more diplomatically.

Fox reiterated that Kyle Orton is his starter even though the Broncos are 1-3 and coming off a disheartening performance at Green Bay that included three interceptions and pushed Orton's turnover total to eight.

"I think first of all, we opened it up for competition. It's not something where we took a fan poll or we took a vote," Fox said. "We watched practice, watched the competition and we're four games into that. And so I don't know that we're in any place different than we've been all along."

Despite Tebow's terrible training camp performance, his legions of fans have been clamoring for him all season, pointing out Orton's six interceptions, two fumbles and 6-20 record since winning his first six starts in Denver.

Packers fans even started the Tebow chant in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 49-23 rout Sunday, and the calls for the former Florida star are sure to intensify if the Broncos continue to struggle.

Linebacker Joe Mays said he appreciates the fans' passion, but "I think we need more support for Orton as well."

"I'm pretty sure he feels like no one wants him out there," Mays said. "But us in this locker room, we know what he's capable of doing. We know that he can lead this team, and we'd much rather have the fans show him more support than calling for Tebow to come into the game."

Mays said he can't imagine being in Orton's cleats right now and not feeling the love from the fans, but he said his teammates "support him 100 percent" and "we just need the fans to support all of our players."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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