Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/14/12

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the St. Louis Rams selected quarterback Sam Bradford from the Oklahoma Sooners first overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

There have been very few NFL head coaches who’ve openly given their two cents on the Saints’ bounty scandal and subsequent punishment from commissioner Roger Goodell.

Andy Reid has chosen to break the trend.

In a recent interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles’ longtime coach threw his support behind Goodell and his strict handling of BountyGate

“I don’t agree with bounties,” Reid said. “I know I don’t believe in that, and I know I support what the commissioner did.”

Despite the heavy amount of negative press Goodell receives on a frequent basis, Reid says the commish is doing a “great job” of improving the game and “making people accountable” for their actions.

“I think the league’s done a great job, and I think if you look at the big picture of Roger Goodell, people kind of micro-analyze him, I think. You have to look at the things that he’s doing he feels are the best for the game,” Reid said.

“He’s making people accountable for their work and what they say and what they do, and I don’t think that’s bad,” Reid said. “Do people like change? No, people don’t like change, so there’s going to be people that gripe . . . but I think for the betterment of the game, for the betterment of the NFL, I think he’s keeping perspective on that.”

It’s hard to argue with Reid, who feels defenders “don’t need the other stuff. You don’t need the extra sugar on it.” With news emerging of former players battling with illnesses and abnormalities stemming from their time in the NFL, it’s imperative the league nips this in the bud, and, hopefully, the severe penalties cast upon New Orleans was a giant wake-up call.

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