Lions abruptly fire head trainer Dave Granito

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The Lions continue to make changes. Whether that changes the franchise’s fortunes remains to be seen.

Via Eric Woodward of ESPN.com, Lions coach Dan Campbell said Friday that the team has dismissed head athletic trainer Dave Grantino.

“Our guys were getting proper treatment,” Campbell said. It was nothing like that, but it felt like we needed to go another way.”

The Lions, according to Campbell, are in talks with an unnamed replacement.

The timing seems odd, with the move coming multiple weeks into training camp. But something has prompted the organization to move in a different direction. Whether it happened at the behest of Campbell or first-year G.M. Brad Holmes or someone else remains to be seen. Whether it makes things better for the Lions also remains to be seen.

Granito arrived in Detroit in 2019, after serving in the same capacity at the University of Michigan. Before that, Granito spent 15 years with the Patriots.

22 responses to “Lions abruptly fire head trainer Dave Granito

  1. Yeah, I guess the trainer wasn’t appropriately proficient at teaching NFL-level kneecap biting. Dan Campbell is a pathetic hopeless blowhard. This guy will most likely top Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan, as one of the most absurdly bizarre clowns to have ever coached an NFL team. Enjoy the show…

  2. Kneecaps can do a lot of damage to teeth and jaws. They really need a specialist in this field.

  3. Wow, even former Patriots trainers can’t work long term anywhere else either!

  4. Purge the “Patriot way”. Always a good idea. The only time it has ever worked was when Brady was the QB.

  5. This is not normal and I hope it turns out okay for the Lions and Campbell. But if it was best for the organization, you have to make the move. Very unusual.

  6. Despite it being the lions, I doubt that he was abruptly fired . Likely that management had been thinking about it. He walked in said hi and they said get out here. You are fired

  7. “What a joke?” Where’s the joke? I guess I don’t see a huge deal about firing your trainer. Hardly organization-defining, so this isn’t some condemnation of either the Lions or leadership (for once). It is quite possible he just didn’t fit.

  8. babybrady says:
    August 14, 2021 at 1:13 am
    Yeah, I guess the trainer wasn’t appropriately proficient at teaching NFL-level kneecap biting. Dan Campbell is a pathetic hopeless blowhard. This guy will most likely top Chip Kelly and Rex Ryan, as one of the most absurdly bizarre clowns to have ever coached an NFL team. Enjoy the show…

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    Don’t forget Matt Patricia also.

  9. There is a reason why the Lions are perpetually one of the worst teams in the NFL. In fact there are many reasons

  10. Seriously how pathetic can people be to bash Dan Campbell because they let go of their trainer🤦‍♂️. I mean lets just go ahead and ignore the fact that injuries and recovery have plagued this team last few years including this offseason.

  11. Very strange to take this action now. Either more news is coming down the pike or the new head coach is a bigger tool than I thought.

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