A few Eagles players celebrated their 30-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday as if they had just won the Super Bowl, which, as every Redskins, Giants and Cowboys fan could tell you, is something Philadelphia has never done. As the final seconds ticked off the clock at FedEx Field in Landover, Fox’s cameras showed Eagles Coach Doug Pederson receiving a Gatorade bath on the sideline.
Now Gatorade baths aren’t limited to Super Bowl, or even playoff, wins these days, but you generally don’t see them in Week 1. There are common exceptions, such as when a coach wins his NFL debut, the victory comes in dramatic fashion or a team wins as a major underdog. But this is Pederson’s second season as head coach, Philadelphia led for much of the game and secured the win on an apparently botched call and the Eagles were favored by a point at most sportsbooks.
Perhaps there should also be a Gatorade bath exception for when you defeat a division rival for the first time in six meetings, no matter the week. The Redskins’ five-game streak against the Eagles was their longest against any current NFC East foe since they had a six-game winning streak against the Eagles and Giants from 1981 through 1984. Perhaps Washington players would’ve doused Jay Gruden for extending that streak to six games and winning his first season opener in four tries had the Redskins prevailed.
“I think it’s just something that, we’ve been talking about all week about kind of getting the monkey of our back with that one there against the Redskins,” Pederson said when asked about the Gatorade bath after the game (via Bleeding Green Nation). “And particularly on the road. We haven’t done so well [against the Redskins], particularly last year. Just all week we kept talking about it and talking about it. It was just the old set-up on the sideline and I got the bath. So, I’m appreciative of it, but, yeah.”
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who had eight catches for a game-high 93 yards, was also asked about Pederson’s Gatorade bath.
“Doug, we love playing for Doug,” Ertz said. “We don’t really care about what outside people are trying to say. He’s a heck of a coach. As you guys saw today, guys are playing for him and gave it our all for him today.”
Ertz also mentioned “a lot of hoopla with the article that came out the day before the game,” apparently referencing a Philadelphia Inquirer story suggesting that Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz might be angling for Pederson’s job.
This post has been updated.
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