National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘I’m Not a Football Expert’

Roger Goodell — who runs a multi-billion dollar football league — says he is not a football expert.

The NFL commissioner made the admission Thursday morning on the new Fox Sports 1 morning show First Things First while discussing Colin Kaepernick. Goodell was asked if he believes Kaepernick is talented enough as a football player to make an NFL roster.

“One thing I do as a commissioner is, I don’t make those decisions,” Goodell said. “I’m not a football expert.”

Not a football expert. The Commissioner of the NFL.

We get what he’s saying — or, what he’s trying to say: He’s not as much of a personnel expert as the general manager of a team. He is not the best equipped to make a decision between two nose tackles who are close in skill level, or two strong safeties.

Yet anyone who watches football with any level of frequency ought to be able to watch a quarterback run an offense and judge whether they have the requisite skills to play in the league.

But rather than weigh in the football skills of the most talked about player in his league, Roger Goodell punted.

Watch above, via Fox Sports 1. The relevant portion begins at approximately the 2:30 mark.

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