FEDEX FIELD - The Redskins were a happy bunch after the win over the Eagles. It's a good thing too, because Ryan Kerrigan would have felt very differently after missing two sure sacks.
In the boisterous scene in the locker room following the 23-20 win over division rival Philadelphia, music played and players joked with one another. Jason Hatcher wore an avant-garde black hat that prompted Chris Baker to yell Smokey the Bear quotes, and generally, everyone was smiling.
Here is Jason Hatcher's post-win hat. pic.twitter.com/n6DVpFoRXJ
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 4, 2015
One player notoriously hard on himself, Ryan Kerrigan, smiled even though his afternoon could have been better. The former Pro Bowl linebacker missed two sure sacks of Eagles QB Sam Bradford, and maybe more.
"Ryan should have had five [sacks]," nose tackle Terrance Knighton said after the game.
Knighton said that with a smile on his face, and when told of the comments later, Kerrigan was able to take it in stride.
"They can [joke] now," Kerrigan said. "If we had lost, that probably wouldn't have been a good idea."
Kerrigan explained that bringing down a QB with no blocker in the way can be tough: "Believe it or not the ones where you're wide open, they're almost the toughest because your eyes get a little big and you get sidestepped."
Bradford sidestepped Kerrigan twice, including one key play in the second half that resulted in an Eagles touchdown. The near-misses on Bradford didn't go unotticed by Jay Gruden either.
"We missed a few sacks that Kerrigan usually gets," Gruden said.
"It's frustrating because you missed the layup, at the same you just got to keep fighting," Kerrigan said. "We really did that as a team."
In the end, Kerrigan got a sack, and it came at a crucial time. On the Eagles last possession of the game, when Philadelphia had a chance to drive for a game-winning score, Kerrigan finally brought Bradford down.
"Last drive of the game, thats the D-line's time. Ryan got the sack," Knighton said. "That's how you want to end the game."
On a day when Chris "Swaggy" Baker got to don his famous sack dance moves twice, Kerrigan finally got to break out his "Heartbreak Kid" sack pose. Coming into the game after a quiet start to the season, the FedEx Field crowd had not seen Kerrigan's signature look.
"That had been in hiding for a while, needed that to come out," Kerrigan said. "I was just glad how we closed them out in the end."