The Giants have found their next general manager.
First reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and later confirmed in an announcement by the team, Big Blue is hiring Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen to replace Dave Gettleman.
Schoen, who many saw as the favorite to land the position, was the first of nine candidates to interview, and the first of the three finalists to have a second interview. Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles and 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters were also interviewed for a second time, but John Mara and company have tabbed Schoen as their man to lead the franchise through one of the darkest times of its history.
"We are pleased and proud to name Joe as our general manager," Giants president John Mara said in a statement. "Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team. His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager."
Schoen has spent two decades in the NFL, much of it in the AFC East with the Dolphins and Bills. He spent four seasons as Miami’s director of player personnel before heading to Buffalo, where the Bills have turned into a contender in the AFC.
Schoen’s first task with New York will be to find a head coach and lead a search that is already underway.
"It is an honor to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants," Schoen said. "I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for this tremendous opportunity. And obviously I am grateful to Brandon and the Bills for the experience I have had in Buffalo.
"Now, the work begins. My immediate focus is to hire a head coach, with who I will work in lockstep with to create a collaborative environment for our football operations. We will cast a wide net, it 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. On the personnel side, we will begin to evaluate our roster and prepare for the draft and free agency. Our goal is to build a roster that will be competitive, have depth, and most importantly, win football games."
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