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Top 10 worst Denver Broncos quarterbacks: Should Kyle Orton be on the list?

After Sunday's humiliating defeat at Arizona, the Broncos are at 3-10 -- a mark that recalls the horrific '60s and early '70s. And since Kyle Orton is suddenly playing down to that level, we thought it was the perfect time to revisit our slideshow of the most mediocre quarterbacks in the franchise's half-century of existence.

Should Orton join the list? Decide for yourself below.

Mickey Slaughter.
Mickey Slaughter.

Mickey Slaughter played for the Broncos from 1963 until 1966, chalking up a completion percentage of 49.8 and a per pass average of 6.2 yards. Impressive.

Jacky Lee.
Jacky Lee.

Jacky Lee wore Broncos orange in 1964 and 1965, completing more than 50 percent of his passes each year. Too bad the team stank anyhow.

John McCormick.
John McCormick.

John McCormick came and went from the Broncos starting lineup. He has stats with the squad from 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1968. Career completion percentage: 38.6.

Steve Tensi.
Steve Tensi.

Steve Tensi played in the majority of Broncos games between 1967 and 1970 -- and , not coincidentally, the team lost most of them. He had 43 career touchdowns -- and 46 career interceptions.

Steve Ramsey.
Steve Ramsey.

Steve Ramsey played for the Broncos from 1971 to 1976, sometimes as a backup, sometimes as a starter. He did less damage on the bench, and it wasn't until he was supplanted by former Cowboys QB Craig Morton that the crew finally began to reach its full potential.

 

Steve DeBerg.
Steve DeBerg.

Talk about a journeyman: Steve DeBerg called signals for six teams over a career that lasted almost twenty years, including two separate stints with Tampa Bay. He played with the Broncos from 1981 to 1983 before giving way to a certain John Elway. Who, from what we understand, marked a significant improvement.

Bubby Brister.
Bubby Brister.

Bubby Brister bounced around from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to the New York Jets before landing in Denver just in time to get some Super Bowl rings in 1998 and 1999. When John Elway retired, the team was supposed to be so good that even Brister could maintain the momentum. Yeah, sure.

Brian Griese.
Brian Griese.

Brian Griese racked up some pretty impressive stats during his 1998-2002 stint with the Broncos. If only the team's win-loss ratio had been more noteworthy.

Steve Beuerlein.
Steve Beuerlein.

The fourth unexciting Steve on this list to play quarterback for the Broncos came to Denver in 2001 toward the end of a fairly productive career. Unfortunately, the productivity declined steadily from there.

Gus Frerotte.
Gus Frerotte.

I met Frerotte during the 2000-2001 time frame when he played in Denver. Really nice guy. He subsequently skipped from Cincinnati to Minnesota to Miami to St. Louis to Minnesota again. Now that Brett Favre's streak is over, maybe the Vikings could use him again...

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