Dave Robinson, the Green Bay Packers linebacker headed into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is right to try to eliminate unnecessary violence and head injuries from the game.

And Robinson blames the brutal hits of today’s NFL on coaches who don’t know the fundamentals.

Robinson said his legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, didn’t tolerate head-hunting.

“He was very strict about dirty play,” said Robinson, who played for Lombardi from 1963 to 1967. “He would never have stood for helmet-to-helmet contact. He just wouldn’t have.”

Robinson, known as one of the game’s quickest linebackers and surest tacklers, played in an era when face masks weren’t universally worn and grabbing the ones that were used was legal.

It’s a faster game now, played by bigger men, with more violent collisions, but the three-time first-team all-NFL selection blames a lot of the danger on poor coaching at the NFL level.

“There are no more Vince Lombardis, there are no more Paul Browns, there are no more George Halases,” Robinson said. “They were all the guys who worked at it for years and years and really understood the profession. (NFL coaches today) have never been taught the correct way to tackle. If they’ve never been taught, how in the heck can you expect them to teach it?”

Robinson’s plan to solve the problem starts at the bottom of the chain: youth football. The former linebacker attributes his tackling ability to a film he watched in high school that was made by College Football Hall of Fame coach Darrell Royal, the University of Texas’ coach at the time.

The video, Robinson said, showed players how to tackle from different angles and how to position their body. Proper schooling, he said, could reduce concussions.