New York Giants legend Bill Parcells is a fan of GM candidate Joe Schoen

A quote from Bill Parcells on Joe Schone: “I was impressed with Joe because he was a sharp guy and he had a good thought process when it came to evaluating players.” - Bill Parcells via The Athletic

The New York Giants have finally been relieved of the Dave Gettleman era. The team’s now-former General Manager announced his retirement this Monday, leaving the Giants with a vacancy in the front office. New York has acted quickly, though, requesting to interview a slew of strong general manager candidates. Joe Schoen, the assistant GM of the Buffalo Bills, “might be the one to beat” for the Giants’ GM job, according to Ian O’Connor of the NY Post.

Joe Schoen is an excellent talent evaluator that has worked in some of the best front offices in the NFL. He has worked as the right-hand man to Bills general manager Brandon Beane since 2017. Prior to his time in Buffalo, Joe worked in the scouting department for the Miami Dolphins.

During his time in Miami, Joe Schoen briefly worked under the great Bill Parcells. Parcells, a Hall of Fame head coach and two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, had great things to say about Joe Schoen when asked.

What Bill Parcells had to say about Joe Schoen

“I was impressed with Joe because he was a sharp guy and he had a good thought process when it came to evaluating players.” – Bill Parcells via The Athletic

By all accounts, Joe Schoen is an extremely hard worker. The Buffalo Bills’ assistant GM rose through the ranks, beginning his career as an intern in the Carolina Panthers’ ticket office in 2000. It was as a scout in Carolina that Schoen caught the attention of Brandon Beane. Beane worked in the Panthers’ front office from 1998-2016. Upon making the move to becoming a scout in Miami, Schoen grabbed Bill Parcells’s attention, too. Beane and Parcells have both praised Joe Schoen for his work ethic and talent evaluation.

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New York Giants: Bill Parcells raves about Joe Judge’s impact on Big Blue

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The past few weeks for the New York Giants have told us one thing, they are getting better. Coming off two consecutive victories without turning the ball over, some might say the page has turned for Daniel Jones and his turnover problems.

However, there is still a long way to go before the Giants are considered an above-average team in the NFL, but they are playing far better than their 3-7 record indicates. With a bye week this upcoming weekend, the Giants have an opportunity to rest their bodies and prepare for the second half of the season. They are making a strong push in the NFC East and are just one game out of first place behind the Philadelphia Eagles, whom they just overcame last weekend.

According to one infamous former Giants coach, they are making big strides, and there is reason for excitement.

“I’m fired up about them,” Bill Parcells told Newsday. “They’re getting better. They’re improving. I like their coach. I just know he has established some law and order, and I think that’s a good thing.”

Judge has catapulted himself into the realm of disciplinarian. He’s one of the toughest coaches in the NFL and in his first year, while many Talking Heads were skeptical of his methods. Former players and coaches all indicated that his style might rub players the wrong way, but through 10 weeks, they are in far better shape than they would’ve been.

Their offense is finally starting to click, the defense has been playing above their weight class, and Judge has the team on his mind, not the individual. In fact, he’s taking that mentality to such great lengths, he elected to fire offensive line coach Mark Colombo after a heated exchange. Judge informed Colombo that he would be bringing in a specialist to help improve the line, which Colombo took poorly.

However, the progression of quarterback Daniel Jones is what everyone has been waiting for. After starting the season making boneheaded plays and turning the ball over at an astronomical rate, Jones has gone two games without turning the ball over.

That is a major success for the Giants and their hopes that DJ can be a franchise quarterback. Staying safe with the ball has been a factor that Jones has evaded, but an improvement in the trenches and an understanding of the scheme has helped him avoid those tendencies.

Parcells has a soft spot for Daniel Jones:

Parcells. “I like [Jones] athletically,” Parcells said. “Big son of a gun runs around there. I like him.”

When the offense was struggling the first seven weeks, the defense picked up the slack. They currently rank sixth in points allowed per game and are one of the best run-stopping teams in the NFL. This unit, led by Patrick Graham, has been the team’s identity, but the offense is trying to catch up and balance out the scale.

“Defense is improving,” he said. “That’s good coaching. They seem like they know what to do. They’re certainly behaving better and they’re getting more things done and they’re playing with confidence. That’s all good. I like what I’ve been seeing.”

New York Giants: Joe Judge Gets New Advice From Bill Parcells

New York Giants, Joe Judge

It’s not easy to walk into the New York Giants as a first year head coach. The fans are demanding, the team has been losing and the expectation is to bounce back quickly, and the previous head coaches to try their luck with the Giants had quick exits after mediocre tenures. For Joe Judge, who has never been a head coach or a coordinator on offense or defense, it has to be an intimidating challenge.

But there’s a lot of people rooting for Judge. Some of them include great figures from the franchise’s past. That includes Bill Parcells, who has plenty of experience coaching the Giants and dealing with the unique challenges.

Parcells recently spoke to the New York Post and gave some advice to Judge, and it looks like advice worth following.

Simple advice from Bill Parcells to Joe Judge

“Be yourself.”

That’s the advice that Parcells had for Judge. It’s simple, but not always easy to follow through with. After all, given the situation Judge is walking into, there’s no shortage of external pressure to be someone else.

According to Parcells, his own struggles early into his career as the Giants head coach came from not following that advice.

“I was just trying to be a head coach instead of being Bill Parcells,” he said.

It remains to be seen what it looks like to truly ‘be Joe Judge.’ We’ve never seen Judge coach a team before, at least not from the head coach position. Judge has worked on special teams and with wide receivers for both Alabama and New England, but coaching special teams is a different ball game from coaching an NFL franchise.

Parcells believes that experience and continuity is one of the main factors in success for a coaching staff – the Giants have some experienced figures on their own staff, but they fall more on the unknown side in terms of results. There are no results yet from this coaching staff. As Parcells says, it’s hard to know how the head coach will operate.

“Those coaches have been through the drill with their assistants. Their assistants know what to expect. It’s all new for these other guys that just put their staff together. And even if you have veteran coaches, you never know how the head coach is gonna operate exactly. It’s a difficult thing,” Parcells continued.

He mentioned that the Giants are only set to have 14 padded practices before their first game compared to 50, back when Parcells was coach – there’s less chance of injury this way, but also less of a chance for the team to prepare during a year with no preseason to warm up with.

The Giants are set to take on the Steelers on the 14th of September. No fans will be in attendance, assuming the game does happen as scheduled. It’s not a long way off. And it’s quite the significant game. After all, the first impression under a new head coach will likely matter a great deal.