I don't think Goodell is qualified to make unilateral decisions or even to be involved in decisions that are this closely tied to actions on the field. I think he is qualified to deal with the dollars and cents of the NFL, being an Economics major and having a background in front - office things. But, when it come to things that happen within the lines of the playing field and the locker room, well for God sakes' this guy never even played college football let alone NFL football. How can someone truly know what goes through the mind and what motivates and influences NFL players and be able to look at onfield issues if he never engaged in the activity that this game is all about?
When the last time you played fooitball was high school, aren't you somewhat removed from how the game has changed over decades and how it has evolved? Isn't your perspective quite different than someone who has been in the trenches? His reality is just slightly above the level of the average fan when it comes to really having a significant, realistic working knowledge of what it is like to be an NFL player. He needs to have a panel of individuals who have been there, and done that and know the trials, tribulations, temptations, joys and agonies of actually being in the NFL that would advise him and rule on matters.
Again, when it has to do with economics, procedures, legalities, and things that are non- pigskin related, he should be considered qualified. But, and this is just my humble opinion, when it comes to knowing anything about the onfield game and what goes on and what the players experience, he needs help in that area.