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Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:07 am
INDIANAPOLIS -- So about that Tiquan Underwood thing ...

It was nothing. And it was everything.

It was nothing to the game. Tiquan Underwood, the receiver the New England Patriots released on Saturday night -- roughly 24 hours before the Super Bowl -- might not have been active for the game anyway. He almost definitely wasn't going to be a major factor in what proved to be a 21-17 loss to the Giants. The final Patriots receiver to make the active roster for Super Bowl XLVI, Chad Ochocinco, played a handful of snaps and caught one pass. He was a non-entity in the game, and that's what Tiquan Underwood almost definitely would have been, had he played. A non-entity.

So this whole story is nothing, in a sports way.

And it's everything, in a real-life way. Because Tiquan Underwood is a real-life person, with real dreams and real, yes, feelings. Underwood was one of the hits of Media Day, a charming young man with crazy-tall hair who had a barber carve the Patriots' logo into the back of his hairdo.

You can't make this stuff up.

Underwood is a professional athlete, but he's also a person. He's a man with plans and pride -- and a guy who had all of it ripped from him on Saturday night, at about the time he was trying to decide how to spend his final few hours before going to bed and getting rest for the Super Bowl the next day. That's when Bill Belichick released him, waiting that long presumably to prevent the Giants from claiming Underwood on waivers and using his knowledge against New England. Belichick released Underwood at the best possible time for the Patriots, but the worst possible time for Underwood.

Officially, the Patriots wanted another defensive lineman for the active roster. So when they released Underwood, they also announced that they had signed defensive lineman Alex Silvestro from the practice squad.

But here's the thing:

Silvestro didn't play Sunday night. Only two New England defenders didn't get onto the field, and Alex Silvestro was one of them. In other words, Tiquan Underwood was released for nothing. He was released because Bill Belichick had to be the smartest guy in the room, even if that meant gutting a nice kid like Tiquan Underwood.

This has always been the Belichick way, and the Belichick way has been good for five Super Bowl appearances and three titles in a decade. Belichick's way works, no question. But it's a cold-blooded way that wins games, not hearts. When a player loses his value to Belichick, the player is gone. Even in the realm of professional football, where in theory that possibility is there for every player, nobody has proven to be as bottom-line cold as Belichick.

The Patriots say Underwood will be back with the team next season, and he'd be foolish not to take them up on that. New England is one of the best franchises in the NFL, and who is Tiquan Underwood to say no to the Patriots?

New England is everything. Tiquan Underwood is, relatively speaking, nothing.

As the Patriots made clear on Saturday night.


Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:15 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

Really?  Easy Donald Trump...I think Doyel made the point well.  The kid was cut, and replaced by someone who didn't even play.   And, he didn't win.   By the way, what do you do for a living tough guy?!!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:49 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

Belicheat should be thanking Brady every single day for #12's football prowess. Without Brady, Belicheat is nothing but another run-of-the-mill coach.
People call Belicheat a genius while forgetting that since Spygate, the Patsies are 0-2 in Super Bowls.  

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:22 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

This is why you're a journalist and not a coach .

You want to be a good guy ?  Coach the Jaguars or Lions

You want to win ?  Coach like Belichick does .

This is how good companies are run.

You want to sing kumbaya and drink coffee near the water cooler and talk about last night's TV shows ..... you're a loser

Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:56 am

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

This comment is poorly informed.  The Patriots DE Marquis hill was killed in a boating accident during the summer of 2007.  They wore his #91 on their helmets for the entire 2007 season.  On the day that the league honored Taylor the Patriots wore his #21 alongside Hill's #91 on their helmets.  The following week teams decided to wear the #21 for the remainder of the season, but the Patriots removed the #21 and continued to wear the #91 on their helmets all the way through the Super Bowl. In the end the team felt it was important to honor Sean Taylor but were already using the season to honor their lost teammate.

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:16 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

This was a poor move that angered the football gods. In 2008 the Pat's were the only team not to place a 21 patch, in memory of Sean Taylor on their jersey, on their uniform stating it was a team decision. They lost the one game that would have cemented their legacy as the greatest team of all time. In 2012, they make another poor decision, angering the gods once again. The Patriots are becoming the Red Sox of football and until a sacrifice is made, trading Brady, they will never win another Super Bowl.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:00 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

I think its kind of funny and strange that this guy thank the Patriot organization as they threw him away and Brady sat all dejected after losing.  Who handled themselves better and who had the right to be MORE upset.  Underwood (my vote goes to him) or Brady?

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:55 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

I saw Underwood play in highschool and at Rutgers,  so I have always kind of
followed the kid.  When I heard what Belichick did to him Saturday night,  I turned
to my wife and said,  "Thats bad karma,  Belichick is losing this game".
I'm glad he lost,  serves the MF right.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:54 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

Punk move Bellicheat!  Punk move.  And guess what, Punk moves don't get rewarded.  This isn't a mid season cut, beginning season cut, pre-playoff cut.  This is the NIGHT BEFORE THE SUPERBOWL cut.  This guy, who may not be all that, doesn't get a chance to run out on the field with his team because his coach don't think he is a worthwhile human being.  That signing a guy from the practice squad to a position that you aren't short at, is stupid.  And in the end, it was a star WR that dropped the ball.   Punk move!

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:57 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

Its _uckin' Karma ! Belichick you P O S  !  Im glad you lost for that reason alone !!  You P O F S !!

Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:40 pm

Tiquan Underwood was released ... for what?

You can't say he was a non issue.  He was a wide reciever and it was the weak spot on the team that day.  His cut could have effected the remaining reciever corp and who knows maybe that would have been his day.  He may have been the one ready to play and made a catch as good as any of the Giants recievers.  His shot would have been given because the ones used were not getting it done.   On any given Sunday would apply to Underwood just as much as any other player.

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