NOTEBOOK: Pink Penalty Flags To Be Used Sunday; Other Notes

Posted Oct 24, 2012

Sunday's game to be a colorful one.

Sometimes the young among us tend to be the smartest, and that was proven yet again by an 11-year-old New Jersey student as Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close.

In response to a letter written by Dante Cano of Marlboro, N.J., a fifth-grade student at Asher Holmes Elementary School, pink penalty flags will be used in Sunday’s Dolphins-Jets game at MetLife Stadium. Cano wrote the letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and in it he said, “I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness. Please write back.”

Goodell did more than just write a letter back to Cano, he invited him and his family to MetLife Stadium and asked them to present the pink penalty flags to the officials before the game.

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action,” Commissioner Goodell said. “Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.”

This month is the NFL’s fourth annual national breast cancer awareness campaign – A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives – in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS).

For more information on A Crucial Catch, visit


“He’s very accurate and it’s unusual for a rookie or anybody else to have that kind of accuracy on the deep ball. He’s able to take shots and he hangs in there and makes accurate throws down the field, so it’s been impressive. When we went into Miami to play Tannehill the first time his completion percentage was around 53 and then the last three games that percentage has been around 67 percent. So you can see he’s getting very comfortable adjusting to this league and the speed of the game and he’s a real impressive guy.” – Jets head coach Rex Ryan on how much improvement he’s seen out of Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill since the first meeting last month

Cameron Wake is all over the place and that whole D-line I think is an impressive group, and then you have (Karlos) Dansby. Sean Smith, his play has really improved and it seems like they’re matching him up on the other team’s top receivers. That guy’s always had unusual size and length to him and he seems to playing very well for them as well.” – Ryan on which Dolphins defensive players stand out to him

“I know one thing, it’s a huge game for both teams without question and if it’s said otherwise it’s not true because nobody believes it. Everybody knows how huge this game is. It’s a divisional game and for us to win this game would be enormous. Obviously, if Miami wins the game then we’re even with them in head-to-head play, so it’s a huge, huge game. Clearly we’re getting ready to go into our bye and you want to be feeling good about yourself, like Miami is coming off of two straight wins. So I think it really is a huge game and I like the fact that it’s being played up here in New York.” – Ryan on the importance of this game

“It was my home for about nine years so when I came down there the first time it was a little different just from the aspect that I had been there for so long and playing on new team in the stadium where I played my whole career. It was great to come back and see some of the guys and be in the stadium again, but I’m better prepared for it now.” – Jets safety and former Dolphin Yeremiah Bell on playing against his former team

“They’re really spreading guys out and getting them the ball in situations where they can kind of get it and make plays. They’re getting guys the ball in space and kind of letting them do their thing and they’re doing a good job at it. They’re a lot quicker as far as getting to the line of scrimmage and huddling up and getting the play started and I think they’ve all got a pretty good understanding of what they’re trying to accomplish on offense.” –Bell on Miami’s offense and the challenges it poses

“He’s poised and he’s confident and you don’t see that much from rookie quarterbacks, the confidence level that he has. He’s playing some good ball and the higher your confidence is the better you feel and the better you play. He’s got a great understanding of what they’re trying to do on offense, he knows where to go with the ball and he’s good at reading defenses so he’s doing a great job.” – Bell on the improvement of Tannehill since the first meeting

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