Joe Shuen took the field in a white long-sleeved jersey with a small giants logo and delivered passes during the junior rookie training on Friday. A day later, he reported feeling pain in the shoulder and core muscle areas and then shook his head when he was reminded that at 42, he was two years younger than the Buccaneers quarterback.
Schoen smiled and spent a minute reminiscing about his brief career as a college quarterback at his Indiana home at DePauw before he moved — asked to switch, more accurately — to a wide receiver. Then he seemed excited to catch a flight to Buffalo to celebrate his 4-year-old daughter’s birthday, a much needed respite after the lengthy grind of the NFL draft process.
This is a new era of giant football, and Schoen, along with his handpicked coach, Brian Dabol, are the driving forces for what will be a rejuvenation. Does this mean that this rebuilding team will finish in record highs in 2022? no not like that. It’s already clear, however, that the days of this franchise as a doormat are coming to an end.
The final course of Tom Coughlin’s 12-year streak – 7-9, 6-10, 6-10 – featured a process in regression. After a one-year stumble thanks to an infusion of mercenary imports into the defense, the embarrassment of 3-13, 5-11, 4-12, 6-10, 4-13 under three coaches will eventually be remembered as black days. There are lighter times ahead. It remains to be seen how bright it will be, but it is already clear that the association between Schoen and Daboll will reap rewards for the giants.
This Buffalo Bills connection has an advantage that many former Giants general manager and coach alliances do not. Schoen and Daboll are friends. Seeing the two and their wives sitting together at a round table during a party at the owners meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, interacting naturally was just one scrap of their bond. They attended two playoff matches for the Rangers together. They’ve spent the past four years at Buffalo holding similar waiting positions, Schwinn as assistant to Brandon Bean and Daboul as offensive coordinator to Shawn McDermott. Their combined success with the Bills earned them promotions that the Giants were eager to give them.
“I think alignment is very important,” Daboll said shortly after his appointment. “In the last few years at Buffalo Bills, I’ve been able to see that for myself. If you put people in a leadership position and make sure they are compatible and have a proper plan and then surround them with good people, you have a chance.”
This is what will make the difference. The alignment here is convenient and safe, and it is unlikely to fade if losses escalate in the early stages of all this. Dave Gettleman-Joe Judge’s alignment over the past two years has gone from adequate to unrecognizable.
There is no feel-good process with Schoen and Daboll as they both settle for their coveted promotions. There is no need to investigate how others value certain traits in players; They already know. There is no relaxation period, in terms of personal quirks or personal situations; They already know. Schoen’s agenda is Daboll’s agenda. They are sympathetic in that they arrived together and that their schedule is shared. Daboll, 47, will endure the pain of growing up as a first-time temp, as will Schoen, but there would be no guesswork about one’s mistrust of the other.
It was his first NFL draft with Schwinn firing the shots and Daboll creating his own roster in a seamless and collaborative way. “The coaching staff did a tremendous job,” Schwinn said. “Joe, eight other people and I watched three particular possibilities for what felt like 12 hours a day,” Dabol recalls.
They can grind it and laugh afterwards.
“Joe flipped a coin three times and decided who he would pick,” Daboll said. We were calling our heads and tails there. ”
This was not said, even in jest, in a new relationship.
Schoen was the key player in this, as the draft was mostly a general manager format, and Daboll easily ceded the media spotlight. Starting with the now-completed junior camp, attention turns to field action, Daboll taking center stage, with Schoen moving tolerably into the background.
Schoen is putting the finishing touches on a new front desk and exploratory department and the result will be an upgraded and more coherent operation that should be a boon to the franchise.
There are great obstacles ahead, and Schoen and Daboll live under the guise of an undefeated existence. That there will be losses in the future does not obscure the fact that the giants are back in the game now.