Bucs Dug Deep On Means

May 1st, 2013

University of Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn, who as Cincinnati Bearcats offensive coordinator coached against Greg Schiano for years, explains in this video how the Bucs did a pile of research on their fifth-round pick, DE Steven Means.

Means had a post-draft news conference for the Buffalo locals and there’s plenty of him in the video, but Quinn’s interesting stuff from interacting with the Buccaneers scouting staff runs from 11:20 to 14:10.

Illustrating the Bucs’ research and confidence in Means, Quinn points out how rare it is that a fifth-round pick like Means was not invited to the NFL Scouting combine.

There’s also an interesting nugget from Means, who will graduate from his class. Apparently he didn’t engage in any celebration on Saturday night when he was drafted. Means explains he had a paper to write and partying isn’t his thing.

22 Responses to “Bucs Dug Deep On Means”

  1. Cassidy Says:

    Save the celebration for the Superbowl victory. Go Bucs!

  2. Scott Says:

    That was awesome and makes me like th kid even more. Thanks for sharing Joe!

  3. Macabee Says:

    From the Fruitbelt Rockets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What a story! Welcome aboard Steven and I wish you well. And the coach has got a future too. If they ever remake the Sopranos, the coach is a shoo-in!

  4. 1jwbucs Says:

    Joe… I have to hand it to you…. Your team at Joebucsfan.com does a superb job at mining up quality nuggets of information on our beloved Tampa Bay NFL Team. I have been visiting your site regularly during most of its being online. Its time to salute and commend your continued dedication of providing details of the updates.
    The more I learn about our draft selections, like Steve Means, the more I look forward to the regular season. Go Bucs!

  5. Oahubuc Says:

    Hard worker, study habits, physical tools, motor, high character. I’m a fan.

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Barring a DE injury, I wish they would play him at LB. ihink he would be a Superstar there.

    I gave the Bucs draft a D+ and perhaps that was a bit harsh. Means seems, on paper, like he’s going to be very good. Banks I’m pretty certain of. The rest? We’ll see. I’m hoping they prove me wrong.

  7. RCS Says:

    Watched some tape. Think he has the tools and with Schiano could be a good back up to have.

  8. Rrsrq Says:

    I’m just saying, looking at this kids physical attributes and athleticism, not sure about his range, but he is similar to a special MLB that played at Chicago. Not saying he is or could ever be an Urlacher, but camp are the physical traits of the two. See how is a “supposed project”. But anyway, welcome to TB, I hope he excels anywhere on this team including special teams.

  9. Fritz50 Says:

    I’d think all NFL Franchises would do this kind of in-depth research, but sometimes it seams like all they did was listen to the talking heads spout the conventional wisdom. I think that’s the source of the ‘Epic Failures’ we end up seeing every year. Never any guarantees, but research is the best way to avoud such failure, if it’s at all possible. Sure seems like the Bucs staff is at least trying to get it right.

  10. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Watched the entire tape…..there is only a small difference at the NFL level in actual ability & talent…..effort, coachability and character can be the great equalizer.
    I think what looked like a huge gamble (5th round) may pay off. Lets hope our 5th round last year, Najee Goode does too.
    Somehow, I’m more concerned about that one than this year’s.
    Its great to have someone to root for and I will absolutely root for Steven Means!!!

  11. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    I like the video but does anybody else find it odd that he did an “exit interview” after he was drafted? Is this fairly common among draft picks? I don’t even “kind of” follow college football so maybe its more common than I think.

    Just seems weird to me that the media in Buffalo would be so interested in a guy that is no longer with their organization. Maybe its just me.

    Either way, I am excited for this team and can’t wait to see this team play!

  12. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Great story. Great comment by Means.

    This guy should become a fan favorite. He is mine already. Smart guy!

  13. MR.T Says:

    Definitely a buccaneer man, I wish him well.

  14. Daffy Buc Says:

    Loved the part when Means says his parents told him to hit the books and that instead of partying after he was drafted was working on a class paper. I think he bring some pass rushing heat off the bench. Very grateful, humble guy hope he and his buddy make the roster.

  15. teacherman777 Says:

    This video makes me proud of American culture.

    The positive enegy, the love, tne support, the openminded tolerance, the hardwork, the dreams, but most importantly, THE LOVE.

    For all the racist, toxic, negative haters on here.

    I hope this video can open your heart a little bit.

    Becaus this story is truly divine.

    One Love. Jah Bless.

  16. Mike J Says:

    Well, at a fifth in this particualr draft, I suppose it isn’t actually a reach, & of course hope so also. But I must admit I do get a bit nervous when I read about these college connections….

  17. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    “For all the racist toxis haters on here” ??? huh.

    You mean the ones who expect a QB to take his team to the playoffs? People who think competition is a good thing?

    If wanting your team to get to the playoffs, even if it means benching your balless QB, makes that person a racist…. well then I guess I just don’t understand that term anymore.

  18. kh Says:

    great interview, excited to see him play, got good vibes

  19. grif4foozball Says:

    RIGHT ON bucs fan#238,freeman is a chocolate marshmallow PU$$Y!!!!

  20. john Says:

    that is kick ass

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    What a great video. I have friends in Buffalo and had the privilege of going up there for work several years ago. I love it there. People were all just like Means and his coach, super cool, and hard working. I have never felt more welcome anywhere. I had to go into neighborhoods where some may not want to get out of their car, and the boys in the hood were still nice. Treated us like Kings, and we were nobody, just respectful.

    I’ve spent time in NY City and I can totally relate to the Coach saying Western New York. The two sides of the state are night and day different. Unfortunately the idiots in the eastern part have the population to make it hard on all the producers in the Western part.

    I wish this kid all the best.

  22. Ben Says:

    Man, I dig this kid. It seems like he can do some of what an OLB can do, but I really hope he brings something as a passrusher.