Cox said he personally met 49ers owner Jed York and General Manager Trent Baalke “so they could figure out what kind of guy I am.”
Although he did not address the specifics of the case against him, Cox said he has assured the 49ers that he’ll never be an off-field problem.
“I never want to be in the position that I was in before ever again,” Cox said. “That’s not me. I’m not that type of guy. To prove that, I will show the community, and the coaches, and the team, what type of guy I am, and can be. From here on out, I’ll show it.”
Cox said he learned a lesson from his legal case about not being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I just shouldn’t have been in that whole [situation],” he said. “Whatever happened that day, night, whatever happened … it shouldn’t have happened. Like I said, I should have been smarter and I shouldn’t have put myself in that position. That’s just my goal from here on out – never put myself in that of position again.”
When Cox landed in San Francisco, it seemed out of character for a no-nonsense coach like Jim Harbaugh. If Cox is legitimately dedicated to keeping his nose clean off the field, however, this was a good move for the 49ers.