Joe Schoen, left, Brandon Beane’s right-hand man in the Bills’ front office.
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It was only a matter of time before the Buffalo Bills’ success started to catch up to them.
That time came Friday, when the New York Giants named Joe Schoen their new general manager. Schoen, 42, has served as the Bills’ assistant general manager for the past five seasons. Schoen was Bills General Manager Brandon Beane’s first hire when he arrived in 2017, and since that time, the two have worked in unison on building a roster that has made the playoffs in four of those five years, including the last three.
Beane said it’s too early to know if they’ll hire Schoen’s replacement from within or look elsewhere, given the focus on the Bills’ season right now. The Bills’ GM plans to have a videoconference with his personnel department Saturday to review Schoen’s responsibilities and divvy them up in the interim and smooth out internal communications.
“I’m excited for him to get his chance, his opportunity to prove that he can do it,” Beane said. “That’s why I left Carolina. I wanted to prove that I could sit in this seat and deal with all the nuances of the job and have success. And he’s been a great part of what we have here, but he wants to put his stamp on it.”
Beane felt it…