Who is Joe Schoen? How Giants’ new GM could impact team’s coaching search

In the midst of one of the worst stretches in franchise history, the Giants have cleaned house as they try to get back to a semblance of victory. The rotation began with general manager Dave Gettleman, who presided over a four-year stretch in which the team went 19-46, the worst record in the NFL at the time.

Gettleman had previously been with the Giants from 1998 to 2012 in various front-office positions before returning as general manager in 2017. Part of his legacy will be the hiring of Joe Judge, the team’s most recent coach, who was fired just days after Gettleman announced his retirement. .

While the Giants now have a replacement for Gettleman (they hired Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen on Friday), they haven’t replaced Judge yet. In a change of pace for the franchise, owner John Mara said after Judge was fired that the new general manager would handle the coaching search.

Sporting News has all the information you need about Schoen and how his hiring could affect the search process.

Who is Joe Schoen?

Schoen is a 20-year NFL veteran who spent the last five years in Buffalo as the Bills’ assistant general manager. He had various jobs with the team, but was second in command to Brandon Beane. The two helped orchestrate a huge change for the franchise.

In addition to his role in the hiring of coach Sean McDermott, he helped draft Josh Allen and the acquisitions of Stefon Diggs, Micah Hyde and others who have been integral to the Bills’ rebirth.

Much of Schoen’s experience before joining the Bills was in the scouting departments, beginning with his first NFL job with the Panthers in 2001. He ran the Dolphins’ player development department from 2014 until he came to Buffalo in 2017.

At 42, Schoen is one of the youngest active rookie general managers in the NFL.

Who could Joe Schoen hire as a coach?

Whoever is chosen to lead Big Blue next will be the team’s fifth coach since 2016. Two of the previous four, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo and Pat Shurmur, had previous head coaching experience, while Joe Judge and Ben McAdoo were head coaches for the first time.

Schoen doesn’t rule anything out in terms of experience. Sean McDermott, whom Schoen helped bring to Buffalo, was a first-time head coach.

“We will cast a wide net; they can be former head coaches, first-time head coaches. But more importantly, it has to be a person who possesses the ability to lead an organization and the ability to motivate and develop players.” . he said in a statement.

Schoen has remote ties to the Giants — he worked with franchise legend Bill Parcells when Parcells was Miami’s executive vice president of football operations — but for this head-coaching hire, he could turn to someone he’s familiar with from his time. in Buffalo: the offensive coordinator for the Bills. Brian Daboll.

From now on, Daboll is the only candidate the team has officially interviewed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported The Giants are expected to request permission to interview former Dolphins coach Brian Flores and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer has offered a list of nine possible replacements for Judge, which can be found here.