Get to know Joe Schoen

The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace after seven seasons, and they’ve wasted no time exploring candidates to replace him.

Chairman George McCaskey, President/CEO Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, VP of Player Engagement Lamar ‘Soup’ Campbell and Senior VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tanesha Wade will conduct the search for Chicago’s next GM, a process which McCaskey promised would be “thorough, diligent and exhausted.”

The Bears have cast a wide net of GM candidates that they’ve extended interviews to, including Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen, who interviewed for the job last week.

Let’s take an in-depth look at what Schoen brings to the table in our Bears GM candidate profile:

Background

Current Job: Assistant General Manager, Buffalo Bills (2017-Present)

Age: 42

Hometown: Elkhart, IN

College: DePauw University

Experience

Assistant General Manager, Buffalo Bills (2017-Present)

Director of Player Personnel, Miami Dolphins (2014-16)

Assistant Director of College Scouting, Miami Dolphins (2013)

National scout, Miami Dolphins (2008-12)

Area scout, Carolina Panthers (2002-07)

Scouting assistant, Carolina Panthers (2001)

Analysis

Schoen is believed to be one of the top GM candidates during this cycle, and for good reason. He has 20 years of experience in the NFL, including his most recent stop as Bills assistant GM over the last five years. Schoen has served as Bills GM Brandon Beane’s right-hand man, where he’s helped turn Buffalo into a contender.

In his current role, Schoen works in the analytics department, personnel department with football operations an even communications. His background comes in personnel, so his day consists of watching film at the pro and college level in regards to the draft, free agency and waiver wire. Schoen is also someone who believes heavily in building a roster through the NFL draft.

Before joining the Bills, Schoen spent nine years with the Dolphins, including his last four years as the…

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