If you have the Carolina Panthers on your resume, the Buffalo Bills could have targeted you as a candidate to work in their organization. During this offseason, the Bills have hired head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane from the Panthers organization and the team stuck with that format to hire its next assistant general manager.
On Sunday morning, the Bills announced that Joe Schoen will become the team’s assistant general manager. For the last three seasons, Schoen was the Miami Dolphins director of player personnel. Prior to that, Schoen spent his first seven seasons in the NFL with the Panthers organization as he worked in the scouting department.
Before working full-time for the Panthers, Schoen was an intern at the team’s ticket office in January of 2000. He also worked in the Panthers training camp later that summer.
Prior to his days working with the Panthers organization, Schoen was a quarterback and later a wide receiver for DePauw University from 1997-2000. As a senior, Schoen was named the Thomas Mount Offensive Player of the Year after he caught a then school record 80 receptions.
Since the NFL draft, the Bills have re-organized their entire front office. The team fired their previous general manager Doug Whaley and their entire scouting staff the morning after this year’s draft.
McDermott reportedly was the person selecting the players during the draft, so the move to fire Whaley was a long time coming.
Buffalo announced the hiring of Beane last week after he was with the Panthers organization since 1998. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Beane and McDermott’s contract are “locked in together.” Don’t be surprised if Schoen contract reflects the same.