Joe Schoen was officially introduced as the Giants new general manager on Wednesday, and he while some of his opening remarks may be some of the same promises that Big Blue fans have heard from false saviors in recent years, Schoen still made it clear that he will aim to turn the franchise around and lead the team out of its darkest era.
“I promise you that I will do everything in my power to build a team that will make you proud on the field and off the field,” Schoen said. “We will look at every avenue to upgrade the roster, add depth, competition, and bring the right type of people into the organization.”
New York hasn’t won more than six games in a season since making the playoffs in 2017, and are in the process of changing head coaches for the sixth time in the last seven years. There have been little reason for optimism around East Rutherford over the last half decade, but Schoen says the franchise is still looked at with respect around the league, which attracted him to the position.
“What was always said to me about the New York Giants was ownership is amazing, there’s great people in that building, they treat people the right way, and they want to win,” Schoen said. “And they have won.”
They have not won lately, only logging four wins this past season and 22 over the past five seasons. New York has cap space issues and a load of draft picks this year, but Schoen isn’t thinking of tearing it all down and starting over. He sees pieces that can help the Giants compete, and hopes to show instant improvements while still moving towards a consistent contender.
“I’m not a big ’tear it up, rebuild,’” Schoen said. “I truly think you can build a roster where you can compete today and build for tomorrow…we want to see progress, and we’re going to continue to build with the long term still in mind. But I believe you can compete today and build for tomorrow.”
Giants fans have heard this all before in recent years, and continued to hear it from Joe Judge throughout the nightmare 2020-21 season, until Judge was dismissed. But Schoen arrives after helping to build a consistent winner in Buffalo following years of turmoil, and plans on replicating that with New York, with his own personal touch.
“I look forward to putting my stamp on the team and building a team that will be able to sustain success year in and year out to compete for championships,” Schoen said. “I’ll be given the resources to do that, and ultimately, that was why this was the right job for me.”
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