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February 16. 2013 8:34PM
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Graham Harrell doesn't have a Twitter account. His car stereo is tuned to what he calls "soft, easy music," not sports talk.

"I really don't get on the Internet at all. I go home, I watch FOX News. The only newspaper I pick up is the USA Today (for the) crossword," the Green Bay Packers' oft-criticized backup quarterback said in advance of Thursday night's preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field. "I mean, I don't really listen or read or follow much media. I don't know why, I just don't."

That's probably a good thing. The Packers are 18 months removed from winning the Super Bowl, but there has been a lot of hand-wringing this summer about the defense and the guy behind reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.

That guy used to be Matt Flynn, who departed as an unrestricted free agent in March for a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

Harrell enters the finale having completed just 32 of 63 passes for 261 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 53.7. The offensive line has been shaky in protecting him (five sacks) and the young wide receivers haven't helped, either. Last week, Harrell completed just 5 of 12 passes for 26 yards (49.3 rating) in the Packers' victory at Cincinnati.

"Who are the other guys (Harrell is) playing with? You have to have 11 guys on the same page, and if you don't, it makes it tough," said offensive coordinator Tom Clements. "The games are important, but you're not just evaluating on the game."

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