IN THEIR WORDS: JON JANSEN

Redskins tackle Jon Jansen is a large man, yet fans have no problems telling him what they think about his team when he's out in public. They're not telling him what he wants to hear. Thing is, few Redskins care about winning or losing as much as Jansen. And losing is ripping him apart.<p>

''Fans come up and start saying things and it's obvious they know who we are because I'm not wearing anything Redskins. And they say, 'How about those Deadskins!' The first couple of times you're like, it's not a big deal. But time and time again and it wears on you.

''I try to make myself as available as possible for the media and the fans to get to know me. But when that happens--and it's not everybody, it's just a couple of people--it's frustrating. It doesn't happen every time out, but it's often.

''I'm not big on going out anyway. I like being at home with my wife and my dogs and spending that time together. But every once in a while it's nice to go out and see the real world. I don't know if the fans are joking, but it's not a joke to me. This is my profession. It's what I love to do.

''Everyone gets paid for the job they do and I don't go into someone's work and tell them how to do their job or tell them how they're doing their job.

''I'll do anything I possibly can [to help us win]. It's very personal for me. And it's a shot against every guy on this team. If people want to say you're one of the leaders on this team, then why can't I get these guys going and why can't I get them to play. I take it very personal.

''There are a lot of late nights, a lot of time when I can't think about anything else other than what I can do to help improve the team.

''Everybody's up. We had a chance to talk together and we're excited about this week. I don't care about [the Giants' defense], it doesn't matter. We have to go out and play our style of football and you'll see a good Redskins team out there. [Facing] Michael Strahan is one of my favorite matchups. It's one game you've got to get up for. If not you'll get your butt whipped. He's a good player--one of the better players in the league. When you get a chance to play those guys, you have to get up for it.

''He's one of those players who, if you're going to make it to the Pro Bowl or make your individual goals, then you have to beat. There have been some learning experiences, but I'd rather hear him talk about it because I don't want to say anything they can put on the board. But it's been a big battle.

''You know what, it doesn't matter what our record is. We've got to return to having fun. Any chance you get to play football and to go up to New York and play the football Giants it's exciting. It's why you play the game.

''This is what I love to do. This is my dream. But to be 0-3, it's more of a nightmare than a dream.''

John Keim is in his 8th season covering the Redskins for the Journal Newspapers. He's also a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.


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