Re: Picard qualified to command Enterprise?
Well, Picard commanded the Stargazer
for twenty-two years before it was lost. Then he was absolved of any wrongdoing in its loss.
So even if he spent eight years behind a desk, I don't see anything that would damage his chances at another command.
"...the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is I do not know." - Lt. Commander Data, "Where Silence Has Lease"