Schoen becomes just the Giants' fifth general manager in the past 41 years. His first order of business will be to drive the organization's search for a new head coach. Joe Judge was the third consecutive New York coach to be fired after two seasons or fewer when he was dismissed after a 4-13 campaign.
"Now, the work begins," Schoen said in a statement. "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."
The Giants are expected to request permission to speak with former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores for the opening, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Flores' first choice of jobs would be the Giants, a source said. Flores is from Brooklyn, and the Giants gig would represent a homecoming. He has already interviewed with Houstonand Chicago.
Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll interviewed for the head-coaching job on Friday, speaking with Schoen, team president John Mara and chairman Steve Tisch via teleconference, the Giants said. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will interview with them Saturday, according to a source.
The Giants are also expected to speak with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, sources told Schefter.
Hiring a coach will just be the beginning for Schoen, as he has to fix a franchise that is tied for the worst record (22-59) over the past five seasons with the New York Jets. League sources have indicated the Giants painted the impression with candidates that the next GM will receive sort of a carte blanche to reshape the structure of the organization as needed.
Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, Schoen and San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters were the three known finalists for the job.
Schoen has worked closely with Bills general manager Brandon Beane, building Buffalo into a powerhouse in recent years. The Bills won their second consecutive AFC East title this season and are set to play the Chiefs on Sunday in an AFC divisional-round playoff game.
A former quarterback/wide receiver at DePauw University, Schoen was part of the group that selected quarterback Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The Giants grabbed running back Saquon Barkley that year at No. 2 overall. It was a franchise-changing decision for Buffalo, which has recorded double-digit wins each of the past three seasons.
Schoen's career began in 2000 as an intern in the Carolina Panthers' ticket department. He worked his way up the ladder from there, spending time in personnel with the Panthers, Dolphins and Bills. He rose to director of player personnel with the Dolphins under Bill Parcells, then reunited with Beane, his former co-worker in Carolina, in Buffalo.
Schoen has worked extensively with the analytics, personnel and football operations, and has been described by co-workers as someone who "never stops working." He also interviewed with the Chicago Bears and was involved in the Panthers' general manager search last year.
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