The New York Giants cleaned house after a disappointing 4-13 season, relieving both general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge of their roles with the team. The historic football franchise took the first step towards putting the pieces back together on Friday afternoon, announcing the hiring of Joe Schoen as their next general manager around lunchtime.

Schoen, currently serving as the Buffalo Bills assistant general manager, beat out eight other potential candidates for the position, earning the trust and approval of Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch. The Bills have been enjoying success for the past few seasons, with four playoff appearances in five seasons, a trip to the AFC Championship Game last year, and a chance to go back this year, still alive in the postseason.

While Schoen advances in responsibility, he’ll take a step back in the amount of talent his franchise currently possesses. While Buffalo has gone 49-32 over the last five seasons, New York has gone just 22-59. Schoen inherits Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, and Kadarius Toney as his de-facto offensive core, but the team is potentially a blank slate moving forward.

Schoen’s first big test will be the 2022 NFL Draft, where the Giants pick both fifth and seventh overall, with the potential to add two game-changing talents to their roster, or blow the picks and stay irrelevant for another few seasons. While there aren’t many options in the draft or free agency, committing to Jones at quarterback will also be an early decision Schoen will face.

Before that, Giants ownership will work with Schoen to find the franchise’s next head coach.

Can Schoen kick start the process of bringing the Giants back to relevancy? How many seasons will it take New York to reach the playoffs again? What should Schoen do with the fifth and seventh overall picks in the draft? Should the Giants consider trading Saquon Barkley or getting another quarterback to compete with Daniel Jones?

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