- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2006

In a lengthy New York Times Magazine article this past weekend, Michael Lewis — famed author of “Moneyball” and the recently released “Blind Side” — spent eight days with Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, including several days leading up to the team’s game against the Redskins in September.

Watching film one day in his office, Parcells points out Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen.

“This is Jansen getting pushed back,” Lewis quotes Parcells as saying. “He doesn’t look like the player he was a couple of years ago.”

Ouch.

Jansen was told of the comments this morning during his weekly appearance on 980 AM.

His response: “Everybody has a bad play once in awhile and unfortunately, I’ve had one or two every year and anybody can take out a play and say, ‘He’s not playing like he was a couple years ago,’ or they could take a play out and go, ‘He’s playing a lot better than he was last year.’ That’s the way it goes in the NFL and you can make a case for anything with a couple plays here and there.”

Jansen was asked if he thinks he is playing well this year.

“I think I’m playing very well,” he said. “We watch the video and it’s either you can do the job or you can’t, and I’ve been getting the job done.”


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