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“It’s not that I disagree or agree with what he said, but I’m proud of the fact he stood up and said something,” Griffin said last week. “As far as what he said about the team being united, it’s true. It’s proven in the NFL over the years that if the quarterback and coach are on the same page, then you will win a lot of games.”

At any point, Griffin could’ve made an emphatic, unambiguous statement and ended the discussion. But he didn’t. What’s left isn’t difficult to see through the news conference musings: the disconnect between the quarterback and the coach over last season’s option-heavy offense. Whether that remains an issue as Griffin’s knee grows stronger each day and how, if at all, the most successful part of the last season’s offense is changed, remains to be seen.

Griffin stayed on message Thursday. Team. Nothing about his relationship with Shanahan or the battering he took while running the zone-read option or whether he’ll slide or throw the ball out of bounds more frequently rather than absorb blow after teeth-rattling blow. Instead, his good humor covered the 15 questions, from describing his pecs as “amazing” to quipping he and Alfred Morris are “wily veterans.”

The quarterback ran 2 miles earlier this week and was cleared to do cross-fields during organized team activities. Next month he plans to start explosive sprinting and cutting.

“It’s been a journey,” Griffin said. “Everyone gets to see the flowers and roses side of it — out here running, throwing, feeling good about it, having a little energy, bounce in your step. But I’ve had to be patiently aggressive this whole time — just let my body heal and be aggressive where I can.”

The broader question of Griffin’s use and if he’ll be happy with this season’s offense lingered, much like the pesky Adidas logo. A team staffer tugged Griffin aside in the middle of the session — and live television broadcast — to conceal the mark. The logo promptly re-emerged. It wouldn’t go away.