The Giants have their own man.
According to sources, the next general manager will be Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Shawn.
Shen, 42, will have to start interviewing candidates for the head coach immediately. He’s leaving the Bills, which he helped turn into an AFC contender who may be close to breaking the hump to the Super Bowl.
The Giants chose Sean over Adam Peters of the 49ers and Ryan Poles of the Chiefs.
“I am honored to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants,” Sean 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 obviously I’m grateful to Brandon and the Bills for the experience I had in Buffalo.
“Now the work begins,” Sean continued. “My immediate task is to hire a head coach who I will work closely with 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. In terms of personnel, we will begin 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.”
“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.”
Sean is just the Giants’ fifth general manager since 1979. He replaced Dave Gettleman, who went 19-46 in four years and pushed the franchise further into irrelevance.
The Giants have played and lost one playoff game in the past decade.
He interviewed John Mara, Steve Tisch and Chris Mara twice before landing the job. He is the first grandmaster.
“Joe is the exceptional leader we have been looking for to oversee our football operations,” Tisch said in a statement. “We will do our best to support Joe’s vision and strategic plan for success. We are excited to start this next chapter with Joe as our General Manager.”
“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.”
Since joining the Bills in 2017, Sean – pronounced “Shane” – has teamed up with general manager Brandon Bean to make Buffalo a regular postseason and current championship contender. The Bills, who won their second straight AFC East title this season, are visiting Kansas City on Sunday to play in the division playoffs.
But Sean is now a giant, and he has the task of changing this franchise.