The Redskins shook up their front office last week, parting ways with Eric Schaffer, reassigning Doug Williams and bringing in Rob Rogers. One thing they didn't do, though? Hire a new general manager.
Washington reportedly will wait to do that until the 2020 draft comes and goes, and if the flow of the team's offseason is any indication, Ron Rivera will have a major say in that decision. Many of the Redskins' new leaders, whether they're coaches, trainers or executives, are guys that Rivera feels comfortable with.
Based off that, keep Joe Schoen's name in mind when the franchise's GM search begins to get serious.
Schoen, who is Buffalo's assistant GM, has never directly worked with Rivera — though he was a scout for the Panthers early on in his career. However, Rivera and Brandon Beane have (they overlapped from 2011 to 2016 in Carolina), and Beane is currently the Bills' GM as well as Schoen's boss.
So, Rivera should have a very clear idea of what Schoen's about and what his potential is, considering Rivera's connection with the man Schoen reports to.
Earlier this month, in fact, JP Finlay reported that a league source told him Schoen could certainly be in play for the Burgundy and Gold. And on the Redskins Talk podcast, Bills beat writer Jay Skurski backed up the thought that Schoen makes sense.
"I'd be surprised if he wasn't a prime candiate for that job," Skurski told Redskins Talk. "Brandon Beane and Joe Schoen are basically tied together at the hip."
According to Skurski, Schoen would've been considered for the GM spot in Cleveland if the Browns had hired Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to be their next coach. That gig ultimately went to Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski, so Schoen remains in Buffalo.
Others could certainly emerge in this race as well — CBS believes Morocco Brown is a potential candidate, and there are some who think Rivera may try to pluck current Panthers GM Marty Hurney out of Carolina — but Schoen is a lesser-known option worth learning about.
Nearly all of the key dominoes have fallen in the Redskins' off-field restructuring, with the team now leaning on a new head coach, new coordinators, plenty of new assistants, a new trainer and a different-looking front office. The last one to fall will happen if/when they tab a new GM. Perhaps Schoen will be the one to knock it over.
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. — The Redskins announced on Monday that they are promoting Kyle Smith to Vice President of Player Personnel in a move that may eliminate the need for a new GM. Here's how Smith now fits into the front office.
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