Broncos Sticking With Orton at QB

Kyle Orton has struggled, especially in the fourth quarter, as the Broncos are off to a 1-2 start. Still, coach John Fox says he'll stick with Orton for Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Kyle Orton isn't about to get any slack.

The presence of Tim Tebow on the roster guarantees that, almost no matter what Orton does.

But mix in an ill-timed interception in the fourth quarter of a winnable game in Tennessee, and Orton immediately becomes the object of dissatisfaction.

"Not one guy's got us where we are. I know that's popular belief," coach John Fox said at his Monday press conference following Denver's 17-14 loss to the Titans.

"There's a lot of people in our building that understand quarterback play and right now Kyle, in our opinion, gives us our best chance."

Orton is completing 57.3 percent with five touchdowns and three interceptions during Denver's 1-2 start. In the fourth quarter, critical in that Denver's three games have been decided by eight points combined, Orton ranks just 20th in the league with an 86.5 rating but his accuracy dips to 54.8 percent.

The irony of it all is that even if Denver did decide Orton was the problem — and right now that's not the case — Brady Quinn, not Tebow, could be the immediate answer. Now that should raise the hackles.

One criticism that perhaps is well-founded is that, facing a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line Sunday, the Broncos opted not to go for a personnel grouping that features Tebow's dual running/passing ability near the goal line.

Five of Tebow's six touchdown runs in 2010 came from inside the 7; two more scoring passes emanated from the same distance.

But Fox instead stuck with Orton, who threw the ball away on first down from the 2, then handed off to Willis McGahee three straight times.

"We had two touchdowns in the same situation. We just needed three," Fox said of the Broncos' red-zone production vs. the Titans.

Fox did admit that Tebow's red-zone packages have been practiced. "It's all a consideration," he explained. "We just didn't choose him."

Working against Orton is that top receiver Eddie Royal is out with a groin injury and might not be back until after the Broncos' Oct. 16 bye.

In four career games against the Packers while Orton played for Chicago, he's completed just 49.4 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, three interceptions and a rating of 49.4 Those are his worst numbers against any team in which he's started at least two games.

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