Like Trent Cole and a few other veterans who started slow this season, Todd Herremans seemed destined to end up elsewhere next season even though he had time left on his contract. But the right guard has been much steadier as the season progressed. Herremans, who has played every position along the line except for center, said that he started to feel comfortable at his new spot by Week 6. He and right tackle Lane Johnson have grown more accustomed to playing alongside each other, too. "That goes for anybody that's playing next to each other," Herremans said. "But I wouldn't say any of my early struggles came because I was playing next to a rookie. I think Lane's done a phenomenal job this year." . . . DeMeco Ryans may be the most respected defensive leader the Eagles have had in their locker room since Brian Dawkins. Many of the young players go to the middle linebacker for guidance and they often talk in hushed tones when Ryans' name is mentioned. He would seem to be an obvious candidate to coach in the NFL (or anywhere) someday. "I've thought about it," Ryans said. "If that opportunity presents itself I may take a look at it." For now, he said he's enjoying being in "one of the best locker rooms I've been around."