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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: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:34 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

That is colder than cold. It's downright Arctic! Unless Underwood did something wrong, as in break team rules or commit a crime (neither of which is alleged) how can you cut a guy 1 day before a game and bring in someone new and expect the new guy to make any kind of contribution?? And to think I was starting to warm up to Bilichick this week. Bah humbug you scum bug. Chad 85 would've been a better dead wood cut. WTG Underwood for the classy reaction.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:13 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Class-less act, should have moved him the practice squad, and let the Giants Claim him if they could, great football mind that he is, Belichick would throw your kid under the bus for a W. The Devil loves football too, and his team needs a coach. Pats win the Superbowl.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:12 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

WOW....what an unbelievable jerk. At this point in the season what possible benefit could this be to the Pats. 24 hours before the biggest game in football and he releases a vet in favor a rookie. As if this rookie can do anything to help this team now. The kid will probably spend the first half puking from nerves. To take this super bowl experience away from Underwood for no apparent reason is just wrong. This move will not help the Pats at all and in fact I hope it back fires.....changing my pick.............GO GIANTS!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:08 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

I think it's wrong to a degree to cut a guy right before the Biggest Game but it shows how players are just pieces on a Game Board for Owners and Coaches to toy with but its All about having an edge to Win. 

Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:04 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Brilliant move, now the Pats will have an extra DE to help rest the starters, not to mention a DE that the Giants can't gameplan against. Not saying Silvestro will dominate this game but maybe he can help weardown the o-line so the Pats can put pressure on Eli in the 4th quarter, because we all know that it's all gonna come down to who plays the better 4th quarter. Go Pats!

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:01 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Maybe they wanted to drop Ohco, but they realize he has the ability to make a big deal about what a heartless team they are. Underwood had 3 catches all year and was at the bottom of the barrell, he was happy to have an NFL job and will be happy to recieve a SB ring if the Patriots win. If they dropped Chad, he would turn it into a "what about me" circus guarenteed.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:01 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

To all the idiots saying that Bill B. is being classless with this move (and you really are hater idiots). Bill B. is doing what he is paid to do. He is trying to squeeze every last ounce of ability and strategy out of this team so they have a shot at winning. He owes that to the owner and to the players. If he feels that his team has a better shot at winning with the extra defensive lineman then it is his duty and responsibility to make the switch. I really feel for Underwood but thats part of the game these days, I just find it funny that Underwood handled it so much better than the moronic haters who just want to bash anything Bill B./Patriot related. I mean none of us know if it will truly help tonight but if Bill B. thought it could then it is his JOB to pull that move. Try and get a clue folks.

Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:50 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Underwood is more of an asset than OchoCinco, keeping Underwood and dropping Ocho would save the tem $$$. and keep the better player on the roster. 

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:47 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Classless. No more than clear than that.

Since: Jul 15, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 9:46 am

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Underwood's release is stong evidence that Gronk's ankle has been a patented Belichick decoy.  I'm not saying grnk wasn't hurt, I'm saying his injury was far less severe than the media - frantic to manufacture story lines - decided to believe.

And neither Belichick, Gronk nor the rest of the team stood in the media's way when it decided to turning a mole-hill into a mountain.

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