More Details On Inquirer and Daily News Sports Coverage Joining Forces Emerge

More Details On Inquirer and Daily News Sports Coverage Joining Forces Emerge

As we first wrote about earlier this month, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philly.com will indeed be coordinating their sports coverages in an attempt to avoid redundancy and best use their resources for more enterprise material.

Today, the Inquirer's Mike Armstrong added more details of how this may work (although it seems to some extent they're not entirely sure just yet):

Under the plan, some elements of sports coverage, arts and other
features stories, city and suburban reporting, and various editing
functions would be coordinated and shared, Wischnowski said.

The same story might appear in both newspapers.

For
example, the papers' sports departments intend to have one editor in
charge of reporters from both staffs covering the Philadelphia Phillies,
another for those covering the Philadelphia Eagles, and so on. Two
reporters may still cover a Phillies game. However, one may be
"digitally focused," Wischnowski said, posting news and video interviews
to the Web, while the other may concentrate on a story for print.

The "digitally focused" bit is quite interesting. Does that mean a regular old newspaper writer could pen something that would only appear on the Internet? Who does that?!? Also curious about whether some sports writers would cover games only for digital. How does a print guy feel about that were it to happen?

Would a David Murphy game story appear in the Inquirer and the Daily News on the same day? Could Matt Gelb's stories start showing up in the Daily News? What about columnists covering a game? Where does the line get drawn?

It should be pretty interesting to watch develop. Not so sure how the rival reporters at each paper are going to feel about it all.

UPDATE: A source tells us that there is only going to be one "beat writer" per team going forward and that existing beats will either be reassigned or eliminated.

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP