The Giants now believe in another Joe.
Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Shawn (pronounced “Shane”) was announced Friday as the franchise’s next general manager.
Sean got the news back in Buffalo, where his Billys were training for Sunday’s divisional playoff road game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But now he’s a giant.
“I am honored to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants,” Sean, 42, an aspiring general manager, said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for this amazing opportunity. And of course I’m grateful [Bills GM] Brandon [Beane] and bills for the experience I had in Buffalo.”
Sean was the front-runner for this job all the way, but team management found finalists Ryan Poles (Chiefs) and Adam Peters (49ers) to be impressive.
Sean was the first of nine candidates who originally interviewed for the Giants’ position, and he was the first to visit the Giants’ facility on Tuesday in this week’s final round.
He is the first CEO hired this year. The Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Las Vegas Raiders are still looking for him. Sean also interviewed the Bears.
In his comments, he demonstrated the urgency to deploy the giants.
“Now the work begins,” Sean said in a statement. “My immediate task is to hire a head coach who[m] I will work closely with us to create a collaborative environment in our football operations. We will be casting a wide net, it could be former head coaches, emerging head coaches, but more importantly, it must be someone who has the ability to lead the organization and the ability to motivate and develop players.
“On the staff side,” Sean added, “we will start evaluating our roster and preparing for the draft and free agency. Our goal is to create a squad that is competitive, deep and, most importantly, wins football matches.”
As head coach, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daball appears to be the top contender for Sean’s hiring package, though there are contenders including Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former coach Dolphins by Brian Flores.
Mara said last week that the Giants need to “press the reset button” on head coach Joe Judge (10-23) two years into the long-term recovery plan, sacking two-year-approved nominee Bill Belichick and Nick Saban to lead the team. . this franchise from the dark.
Four years of Dave Gettleman (19-46) was too long to cancel.
They now trust the vision of another Joe, once hired by Bills Parcells in 2008 with the Miami Dolphins, who Bills GM Brandon Bean called “my right hand” on Friday’s conference call.
“He’s a great assessor, he’s a great communicator, he’s a really good leader,” Bean said.
Shaun, originally from Elkhart, Indiana, helped Bean and Buffalo coach Sean McDermott turn the Bills’ lost franchise (17 consecutive non-playoff seasons) into a consistent AFC contender over the past five years. The giants think he can help revive them too.
“We are delighted and proud to have Joe named our CEO,” said Giants co-owner John Mara. “Throughout our search, Joe has impressed us with his ability to deliver a progressive and comprehensive vision to our team. His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff is exactly what we were looking for in a general manager.”
Co-owner Steve Tisch added: “Joe is the exceptional leader we have been looking for to oversee our football operations. We will do our best to support Joe’s vision and his strategic plan for success. We are excited to start this next chapter with Joe as our General Manager.”
Sean is only the Giants’ fifth general manager since 1979. He succeeded Gettleman, who had pushed an already struggling franchise into irrelevance.
The Giants have played and lost one playoff game in the last decade. Their most recent playoff win was at Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012 against the New England Patriots.
Gettleman’s stance was that he was better at picking up players than any other guy. Bean said on Friday that Sean knows there is no such thing.
“Joe is a worker,” Bean said. “We don’t have magic eyes. It’s about getting the job done. And the New York Giants will never have to worry about Joe not taking the time to evaluate a player, college or pro.”
Mara, Tish, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Chris Mara interviewed Sean twice—once virtually, once in person—before formally offering him the job on Friday morning.
“Steve and I were impressed with all nine candidates,” Mara said. “We came out of this process with the feeling that all nine would become general managers in this league at some point. We just felt that Joe was right for us at the right time.”
Last year, Sean was interviewed for a job by the Carolina Panthers, which also went to Scott Fitterer.
He comes to the Giants with 20 years of NFL scouting and executive experience. He graduated from DePaugh University Division III in 2001 with a degree in communications, playing wide receiver for the past three years.
He worked as an intern at the box office for the Carolina Panthers (2000) and worked as a scout with Bean for the Carolinas for seven seasons (2001-07).
Then Parcells, a Giants legend who served as Miami’s executive vice president of football operations, hired him to the Dolphins in 2008 as a national scout. He stayed there until 2016, the last four years as the team’s personnel director, before Bean called him to Buffalo.
It was here that he and Bean “gathered staff” after Doug Whaley’s tenure. Bean said Sean helped him build it from the ground up and had a hand in everything, including Josh Allen’s very important 2018 QB selection.
“He held meetings of free agents. He’s holding pre-meetings,” Bean said. “From the point of view of the staff, there is nothing that he would not see. Does he know everything about the cap? No, not now. But what he does, like many of us, he knows what questions to ask, and he knows who to listen to and who to lean on, and then he will make the final decision.
Bean said he wasn’t going to let Sean poach talent from the Buffalo front office. Sean is close to senior personnel adviser Brian Gein, former general manager of the Houston Texans, according to Sports Illustrated.
“No, I don’t think so,” Bean said. “We like our employees and plan to keep them here.”
Sean can just take this as his first challenge. He is now a GM tasked with resurrecting the Giants. It comes with territory.