DENVER (CBS4) – It was a rough Monday night in San Diego, but nobody is waving the white flag yet. There is still a lot of football to be played. Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan said fans should have every right to be angry with the team.

“As a fan you should be raged, angry and upset with the performance we put on last night,” Haggan to CBS4’s Vic Lombardi on Xfinity Broncos Live! “At the same time you should be happy that we’ll get another opportunity on Sunday when we play against the Rams.”

Lombardi told Haggan the last thing any player wants is for the fans to become apathetic and stop caring — if they don’t care, they’re not fans anymore.

Haggan agreed.

“Absolutely, we want them to care. That’s what makes this a special place; what makes the Orange Country special, the fans care, they’re passionate and I think it rolls over onto the players,” Haggan said. “Unfortunately it doesn’t happen the way we want it to every Sunday, but we definitely appreciate the fans filling up the stands when we play at home.”

It’s been a long time since Broncos fans have seen losing like the team has been the last two years, but winning comes in cycles. Lombardi asked Haggan if he hears about the losing ways from disgruntled fans.

“No, our fans are pretty generous. I think they love the players, they support the players, they understand that we go out there and give it everything we’ve got on Sundays,” he said. “Obviously we’re not getting the results that we want … I haven’t heard a lot of fans talk bad about the players, but of course they want better results.”

Haggan admitted that anytime things are going bad things will be said in the media.

“You live with the job that you take.”

When things are going bad or good, it always starts with the head coach — who usually catches most of the flack. Lombardi asked Haggan how head coach Josh McDaniels is handling the losing on a daily basis.

“I think he’s approaching it the right way. I will stand tall and stick up for Josh because he’s preparing us each and every week for what we have to do and I think as players we’ve got to go out there and put out what he tells us on film … we’ve got to do a better job of executing the game plan.”

The St. Louis Rams come to Denver on Sunday. The game starts at 2:15.

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— Written by Matthew J. Buettner, CBS Denver

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