Schoen spoke with president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara this morning by videoconference. The initial interviews with candidates are being conducted remotely.
The Buffalo Bills' assistant general manager, Schoen has 20 years of scouting and executive experience in the NFL, including the last five in Upstate New York. He joined the Bills in 2017 after spending most of the previous decade in the Miami Dolphins' front office, including the last four as the team's director of player personnel.
Schoen's first year in Miami was 2008 when he began a five-year stint as one of the Dolphins' national scouts before spending the 2013 season as their assistant director of college scouting.
Schoen, 42, led Miami's preparation, assessment and acquisition of potential professional and collegiate free agents. He was heavily involved in Miami's NFL draft preparations, including evaluation and draft board construction while also serving as a key liaison between the coaching staff and personnel staff.
Schoen's first NFL job was as a ticket office intern with the Carolina Panthers in 2000. He then spent seven seasons (2001-07) working for the Panthers under current Bills general manager Brandon Beane, first as a scouting assistant and then as a southeast and southwest scout.
A native of Elkhart, Indiana, Schoen graduated from DePauw University in 2001 with a communications degree. He was a quarterback as a freshman and wide receiver his final three years, serving as a captain during his senior season.