The calls have been in place all this summer, with Giants general manager Joe Schoen scrolling through his contacts and connecting with GMs about the NFL he’s closest to, some of whom he considers friends.
“Hey, anything you would have done earlier differently? What do I need to prepare?”
These were the questions Schwinn was asking the individuals who are now his peers, as he is in his first year as general manager of the Giants.
“I’m just trying to figure it out I have an idea of what’s in front of me,” Schoen told The Post recently. “I have a good idea because Brandon was so good to me at Buffalo.”
Even the best tutoring from Brandon Bean, Schoen’s president for the past five years with the Bills, couldn’t prepare Schoen for everything he would face as a first-time CEO. One of the main tips Schwinn received from more experienced contemporaries throughout the league focused on what he described as the “sense process” that junior general managers go through with what is often a newly appointed head coach.
Schoen was told, take the time to establish this relationship. It will be useful in the end.
“A lot of the GMs I talked to, I asked, ‘How was it when you didn’t know this guy at all, you’d never work with him,’ and they were like, ‘Yeah, the courtship process,’” Schoen said. They go through “.
Here’s where Schwinn thinks he’s really ahead of the game. There’s a reason it’s always hard to get past Brian Dabol, the new head coach of the Giants, in the hiring process. Schoen and Daboll first got to know each other with the Dolphins in 2011, Schoen as a national scout and Daboll as offensive coordinator. For the past four seasons with the Bills, Schoen was the assistant general manager and Daboll handled the offense.
All that time together has resulted in a better understanding of how they see the game, how each other works behind closed doors, how they mix work and personal time and how they treat their families and players. Thus, they have embraced a common vision of how they plan to remake the Giants franchise that has hit sledges over the past five years.
Schoen and Daboll don’t have to learn each other’s language.
“When the gathering started, we probably had to spend an hour in a meeting talking about, ‘Here’s what the process will be like, how we’re going to interview the guys, and here’s how the draft meetings will go,'” Schoen said. Training camp is approaching, how are we going to do things? What I learned after working with Daboll, “Hey, are we going to do this the way we did at Buffalo?” Are we going to do it like we did in Miami? And there’s a lot of synergy there, we’re on the same page with a lot of that stuff. This part was easy. ”
Most or all of the other parts won’t be easy. The Giants were 4-13 last season. Schoen is a first time general manager. Daboll is a first time coach. Mistakes and missteps will occur.
“I told Dabol, a year from now he’s going to be a better coach and I’m going to be a better general manager,” Schoen said. “The most important thing for me is the lack of evidence for this job. There are issues that arise on a day to day basis that you can’t plan for, it is good to have a guy like Daboll that I can count on and we are in sync, there is a lot of synergy between the staff we get together, we talk about whatever issues Then we figure out the best way to solve the problem, if it is a problem or whatever.This is probably the most important thing, every day is a new day and there are a lot of things that you cannot prepare for.
This new powerful duo is undefeated heading to their first training camp with the Giants; The day for the full list to be reported is Tuesday. Adversity always lurks around every corner and the first loss still has to be taken. The Schoen-Daboll Association will be tested.
“It’s been five or six months here and we’ll see when we get into the heat of the season when the real bullets are flying in,” Schwinn said. “Again, we’ve been through that before so I think this will also help us when we do.”