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Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:50 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 9:58 am
T. Underwood (AP)

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- While much has been made of Bill Belichick’s seemingly happy mood since the Patriots arrived here for Super Bowl XLVI, at least one of his former players has to be mighty upset with him tonight.
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That’d be wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who was released from the squad about 24 hours (!) before New England faces the Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. In his place, the Patriots have signed rookie defensive end Alex Silvestro to the active roster.

As the Boston Herald points out, Underwood almost surely would receive a Super Bowl ring if the Patriots win and that the move was not disciplinary.

Speculation has centered on the Patriots perhaps wanting an extra defensive linemen to move into the rotation and that, without Underwood in the lineup, Chad Ochocinco most likely will be active for Sunday’s game.

Underwood’s classy reaction, via Twitter? “This Is Nothing But MOTIVATION.... I Been Thru A LOT...But There Are Ppl In This World w/ More Serious Problems So I Cant Hang The Head....Thank You Lord … Good Luck To The New Enland Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates... #PatsNation”

But even though the Giants can't claim Underwood via waivers (they couldn't do so until Monday), I honestly love the idea presented by the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch, who writes “Giants should ... hire him as a "quality control coach" like Josh McDaniels. I'm serious.”

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:01 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Who cares? What is classless about this? He wasn't needed on the team and another lineman was. Should the Patriots sacrifice the possible SB win for the entire team in order to avoid hurting this guys' feelings? You have to look at both sides, the overall Pats team is better off without him (or so they think, I guess we'll see). If Underwood was better he wouldn't have been cut, it's that simple.
So by your logic- he was good enough to play all year and the D-lineman wasn't. But all of a sudden Underwood isn't good enough to make the team. The D-lineman is now.

I guess all of us who think this was a classless move ask. What happened to Underwood (in the last 24 hours) that made him so bad and the D-lineman (in the last 24 hours) so good? I shouldn't say for all of us. I should of said for myself. 

I think it was classless, because of the timing. I'm sure a few others feel the same way. 

My hopes- that lineman allows the back to get to the outside and score the winning TD.  

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:17 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

All you defending Belicheck because Underwood only caught 3 passes all year, remember that David Tyree had only caught 5 passes all year the year he made the miracle catch, effectively winning the SB in 2007. Imagine if the Patriots lose a WR or two to injury during the game and then end up short in a potential game-winning drive late in the game. Hoping this does happen, would server that jackass Belicheck right. Actually I don't like either team much, but now I will be pulling for the Giants to bury the Patriots.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:08 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

The Pats could have opened the roster spot by putting this guy on IR, instead of cutting him the night before the SuperBowl. I understand the reasons around it, but this is low.

I didn't read anything about an injury.

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:05 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Hahahaha, everyone on here complaining about this move and how it is unclassy etc is making me die of laughter.  I'm a Dolphins fan and hate the Patriots but you people are obviously one of the three (or all): ignorant, oblivious, a hater.  Obiouvlsy Belichick though it was in his team's best interest to do this and judging from Underwood's response to it, he either already knew in advance that this was going to happen or the coaching staff (mainly Belichick) talked to him about this decision and explained it out to him.  That being said, this move puts all of the focus back on the Patriots and everybody has stopped talking about the Giants and how amazing this post season has been for them and how it parallels their last Supoerbowl.  So clarly, in both aspects, this was a great move.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:26 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Come on haters. Here is just another excuse to hate on Bill B. and the Pats! Fact is he was doing his JOB. That is what he gets paid to do. It is very funny to see even more hatred than normal spew from you all just because the man made a business decision. I also find it absoultely hilarious that the man who was cut handles this like a man and a pro while all the haters are on here whining like babies. I give a huge kudos to Underwood and hope he makes this team next year or another team and manages to stick around and have a good career, he deserves. Why do the moronic panty wastes try and use a bit more common sense like Underwood? The answer is easy...hatred and blind jealousy--it is a shame.

Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:42 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

How detestable can a team be...anyway you cut this underwood helped get the team to the SB.and this proves that belicheap the cheat
 is a bum with no class..I hate the Giants But Today I'll be cheering for them and I'll be breaking out my belichump Voodo doll...

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:30 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

    Man, that is cut throat!!  I dunno, if this was solely Belichick's decision or what but thats gotta be deflating for Underwood.  I gotta say tho.... What a class act,  I think 99 out of 100 guys would be ripping a team if they were cut from the roster on short notice before the biggest game of the year.  Tons of respect to this guy for handling it the way he did, and I hope it is appreciated by the Patriots!!

    I dunno what this means in terms of his future with the team, but if it allows another team to pick him up post superbowl I think he just raised his own stock.  If the Pats win, he should get a ring even if someone else picks him up, IMO.  I am in awe of his response, and that alone shows any team in the NFL looking for WR's that he has the type of character that breeds success.  Good Luck to him, whatever happens!

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:16 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Why would you cut someone and allow the Giants to pick him up before the big game?  He would have all the offense strategy info.  It's called business, the guy is not going t o catch a ball and they need to spell Edleman on defense.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:58 pm

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Class nothing, this is about winning the biggest game of the year and if Belichick feel that Silvestro will help him more then Underwood then make the move.  I have alot of respect for Underwood and the way he handled the situation but lets face the guy has caught three balls for 30 yards all season.  All you fans of other teams crying about how this is such a classless move, maybe that is the reason why your team is home and the Patriots are not.

I think I'm starting to understand why a lot of people on these boards smash the Patriots on a weekly and sometimes on a daily basis throughout the season.  I've been a lifetime Lions fan but always supported the Pats, defended the Pats on boards like this and enjoy watching them play every chance I get.  The Pats are my second favourite team, a great organization to say the least.  But for you to defend Belichick in this case is just flat out wrong man.... and any Patriot fans backing you up are wrong as well.  

Cut the guy 2 weeks ago....  even a week ago would have been better.  But to cut him a day before the game is absolutely ridiculous, I can't remember too many coaches doing that to somebody in previous superbowls.  

It's just bad business..... and heartless.  

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:38 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Thank you, why is this being over-hyped? Simple fact, Belichick has Ba-lls, that most people don't have, oh yeah, and rings....and for a classless organization, nice to hear Mr. Kraft sent the pro shop employees to the game,,,,MHK, todays the day, watch proudly and smile from above.

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