One league source said to keep an eye on Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen. Rivera has close ties to Buffalo GM Brandon Beane, and Schoen has been his top lieutenant since 2017. Schoen has scouting experience and ties to Carolina as well. He worked in Miami before he made the move to Buffalo.
The Redskins have multiple options being floated around as options for their front office structure. They reportedly won't be making and changes until after this year's draft. Rivera was impressed with the Redskins last three drafts which were run by Kyle Smith who is an option if the team promotes internally. Other reported external candidates are Louis Riddick and Morocco Brown.
Joe Schoen hasn't worked with Ron Rivera before, but is closely tied with Brandon Beane who Rivera has spoken highly of in the past. He started as an intern with the Panthers in 2000. The following year he was hired, with the recommendation on Besne, as a scouting assistant. In 2002 he was promoted to a Combine scout. He spent the next 5 years as an area scout after another promotion.
In 2008 Schoen left the Panthers for a job as a national scout for the Miami Dolphins after Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells were hired. Schoen moved up to assistant college director in 2013, and took over as the director of player personnel the following year. Beane brought Schoen with him to the Buffalo Bills in 2017 as his assistant GM.
“He’s going to be a GM,” Beane said. “The thing about him is that he’s smart enough to know that he’s still learning and growing, and he’s trying to get stronger at his craft. He wants to be totally ready when he gets in there.
“Instead of just rushing to the seat and then trying to figure it out, Joe’s that guy that he wants to have all the answers to the test before he goes and sits down. Very few people are like that. There’s so many people in this business that are just trying to get into that head coach seat, that GM seat, and maybe they’re not ready for it. I have no doubt he’s going to be ready for it. He’s a great communicator. He understands people. You’re not going to outwork him.”