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“"Do you want Kyle to complete all those throws? Absolutely," Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan said. "Is he human? Yes, he is. Is he going to make mistakes? Yes, he is, and he did. So that's what we have to live with." During this preseason, Tebow completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 310 yards, and finished with a 108.3 quarterback rating. Yet, despite being sacked seven times under a variety of circumstances, many of Tebow's fans point out his 31 pass attempts, in comparison to the 42 Brady and Orton each had in the same period. "Would it have been different? We don't know, he didn't play," Haggan said on whether Monday night's outcome would have been any different if Tebow had played. "Obviously (Tebow) is more of a runner than Kyle, but I think Kyle also did some things good last night. At this point, Coach Fox says Kyle is our starter and we're not going to stir up controversy until Coach Fox says differently. "If the coaches feel Tim Tebow is needed, they will use him. That is the same for any position and quarterback is no different." Broncos players said they are eager to atone for their efforts against Oakland when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. In the meantime, linebacker Jason Hunter sent a message to Broncos faithful to keep their spirits high and emotions steady. "Just be patient," Hunter said. "It's just the beginning of the season. Kyle is our starter. He's a human being just like we all are. Sometimes things don't go the way that you want them to go, but you can't just be so quick to jump ship." "(Kyle) is going to bounce back and everybody is going to be happy." Josina Anderson covers the NFL for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Kyle is our starter. He's a human being just like we all are. Sometimes things don't go the way that you want them to go, but you can't just be so quick to jump ship. (Kyle) is going to bounce back and everybody is going to be happy.” -- Linebacker Jason Hunter on critics
calling for Orton's relegation to the bench