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When John Idzik became the new Jets general manager, pissing off his best player was surely his top priority. Bravo then, sir.

Whether the Darrelle Revis trade rumors leaked from inside the organization or not is irrelevant. What’s important is that when Revis appeared on NFL Network earlier this week he asked for answers regarding those rumors of his demise in New York, and he was frustrated by a lack of communication. The Jets aren’t a team that can have such a problem with one of the few sources of talent on their roster. Yet there was Revis last month, having to hear about his possible trade through the media instead of from his new general manager.

One way to fix the public perception of a problem is to put Rex Ryan behind a microphone and have him say a lot of things loudly. Or maybe that just makes it worse. So much worse.

Ryan made his annual Combine podium appearance today, and this time he didn’t make any guarantees of grandeur. But he talked a lot about Revis, and said many words that amounted to many denials.

Ahhh, so you’re saying there’s a chance.

OK, so probably not, but maybe and it’s possible? Cool.

When he accepted the job, Idzik had no idea that he would actually be the assistant general manager, and teams would approach Ryan first with all trade inquiries.

There’s the emphatic denial and rumor gun down, even though right now it means so very little. But what’s odd is that when Idzik had the opportunity to do the exact same thing earlier today and deny a possible Revis trade, he gave only a generic, boiler plate line.

He said very little by saying a lot. A classic, veteran move.

The Jets have a blatant, pressing need: quarterback. It’s a problem which runs so deep that in a passing league, having a set of below replacement-level QBs could continue to subtract from Revis’ ability to severely limit opposing QBs who play far above replacement-level. So in addition to the contract Revis will pursue after next season (likely in the neighborhood of $16 million annually, which would make him the league’s highest-paid defensive player), as we progress towards late April Idzik also has to weigh the problem of what he needs more: a quarterback who’s remotely competent, or the league’s best cornerback.

Getting Alex Smith and a high pick (a second rounder at worst) from the 49ers for Revis if it’s determined he can’t be signed to a long-term extension is a fine haul which would address a core need, and Antionio Cromartie is still around for two more years.