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Cox promises 'from here on out, I'll show it'

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Cox promises 'from here on out, I'll show it'

The 49ers signed cornerback Perrish Cox to a two-year contract on Tuesday, just hours before the start of the free-agent signing period.Cox sat out last season after the Denver Broncos released him at the end of training camp, so he was free to sign with any team at any time.On March 2, Cox was acquitted of sexual assault charges in Colorado. Cox was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his apartment in September 2010 after a night of partying, according to an Associated Press report. She became pregnant, and prosecutors said DNA tests indicated Cox was the father.

Cox's attorney had disputed the DNA test results and suggested they may have been contaminated. Cox denied having sex with the woman, who testified that she believed she was drugged because she remembers little about what happened.RELATED: Perrish Cox career stats Perrish Cox newsCox started nine games with the Denver Broncos in 2010 as a rookie from Oklahoma State. He also returned nine kickoffs (19.1-yard average) and three punts (2.3 average).Among the 49ers' scheduled free agents are cornerback Carlos Rogers and return man Ted Ginn. The 49ers have also given permission to veteran cornerback Shawntae Spencer to seek a trade, league sources have told CSNBayArea.com.
Cox took part in a conference call with media members Tuesday after he signed the contract:General manager Trent Baalke said the organization is confident that you "will be a positive contributor to the 49ers as well as our community." What kind of assurances have you given the team that you can live up to that?
Cox: "First off, I want to thank everybody for giving me the chance to actually express myself them and go out and have dinner with the owner and the GM so they could figure out what kind of guy I am. I've worked hard through this whole process. Like I was telling them, whatever happened, happened, and I took full responsibility for my actions. But it will never happen again -- ever again. I'm a positive guy, and if I can help in any way, I want to be there to help."RELATED: An updated look at 49ers' free-agent needs
Have you made lifestyle changes? What have you done to try to make sure that doesn't happen again?
Cox: "First off, I never want to be in a position I was in before ever again. That's not me. I'm not that type of guy. To prove that, I'll 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."What did you do during the season last year?
Cox: "I went back home (Waco, Texas) to my family, spent time with my kids, my mother and father, sisters. The whole time I was there, I just spent a lot of time with them. Also, I've been working out the whole time. That has helped get along with the whole process of what's been going on. Like I said, I've just been working hard and trying to keep myself in better shape so when I got the opportunity again. I thank them for the chance. It's time for me to prove it."Have the 49ers talked to you about what they see as your role?
Cox: "Not as of now, but whatever role I need to be in, I'll take full pride in it and give it my whole for the whole organization."Are you a starting cornerback in the NFL?
Cox: "If I am, it'll be proven. But if not, I'll take the backup role, also. I'm here to prove whatever I can prove. Whatever I'm asked to do, I'm here to do it."Can you play in the slot?
Cox: "I could. Yes, sir."Did you ever wonder if you'd get another chance in the NFL? Did it ever occur to you during your year off that it might be it for you?
Cox: "It's always been in the back of my mind that I'd want to be an NFL player again. But going through process, I was trying to focus on the things I could focus on and trying to help out with that. But it was never a doubt. I always tried to worked out and better myself for what the chance came. And, like I said, finally the chance came and I appreciate that."Where is home for you?
Cox: "Waco, Texas. I was actually at home training with my father. He's a trainer."When you're home in Waco, was there anyone from the NFL you worked out with?
Cox: "Yes, Champ Bailey was a guy who was helping me through everything, as far as talking. But as far as playing the game again, I was actually just training with a couple high-schoolers back home in my hometown -- a couple players who would come work out with me. But through the whole process, I just worked out with my father."What does it say that Ed Donatell would want to coach you again? (Donatell coached defensive backs with the Broncos, and now they will be reunited with the 49ers.)
Cox: "We had a great relationship when I was with the Broncos. He always had faith in me. We just had a great relationship during the whole process. He's helped me out. He's taught me everything while I was with the Broncos. And I gained the trust that he needed from me. Hopefully, that can start up again."You were acquitted in the sexual assault case, do you come out bitter, humbled, what kind of mindset?
Cox: "Humbled. It was a nervous and scary situation for me. But like I said, I don't blame nobody but myself. I take full responsibility for my actions. I'll never put myself in that position again. But I just want everybody involved with it to go on with their lives and make anything positive out of it. It's my whole goal about my whole situation."What did you feel you did wrong in that whole situation?
Cox: "I just shouldn't been in that whole zone. Whatever happened that day, night, whatever happened, it shouldn't have happened. I should've been smarter to not even put myself in that position. That's just my goal from here on out, never put myself in that type of position again."Have 49ers talked to you about a support you'll have inside the organization you'll have?
Cox: "I will. I would want to talk to any rookie who came in, any first-year player, second-year player, whoever needed help about a situation like that. I wouldn't mind taking my time out to help anybody."Did you watch many of the 49ers game last year?
Cox: "I did. I had a couple teammates. Kendall Hunter, I played with him in college, so I have to keep up with him. And the rest of it, the NFC championship game, I kept up with everything. But it was kind of tough for me to watch football and not playing the game of football. But I caught what I can. "

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

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Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
 
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
 
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
 
Talent.
 
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
 
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
 
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
 
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
 
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
 
In the meantime, there is beer.

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

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Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 on Sunday:

1. A major step backward
So much for the 49ers’ somewhat-impressive streak of close losses.

There was nothing encouraging about what transpired in the 49ers' worst loss at Levi’s Stadium. It was also the franchise's worst home loss since Mike Singletary's team absorbed a 45-10 thumping against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 11, 2009.

Was there anything positive to take from this game?

“No, not right now,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It was disappointing. I think all three phases, players and coaches, we’ve got to play better than that, a lot better to give ourselves a chance to win.”

The competitive nature of the 49ers’ past five games was one thing. But with a big home loss on such an emotional day, it is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. The 49ers looked like a team devoid of any leadership, and brings more scrutiny onto the organization’s decision last week to release linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Now, the 49ers face a crossroads. With another cross-country trip ahead, the 49ers have to regroup in a hurry in order to avoid another embarrassing blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles.

2. Beathard’s first start
Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard certainly was not the reason the 49ers got blown out. In his first NFL start, he showed a lot of toughness, which was to be expected. He was sacked five times. But most of those sacks could have been avoided. He has to get rid of the ball quicker, especially on three-step drops.

Beathard also showed some promise, too. He let the ball fly deep for Marquise Goodwin, who caught four passes for 80 yards. Beathard completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards.

Beathard accounted for the 49ers’ only touchdown with a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. There seems to be little doubt it was in the best interest of the organization to begin evaluating what it has for the future with the permanent switch from Brian Hoyer to Beathard.

3. Dwight Clark’s Day
The 49ers, of course, did nothing to evoke any memories of the great teams on which Dwight Clark played. Well, they did look a lot like Clark’s first team with the 49ers.

The 49ers of 1979 lost their first seven games of the season. This year’s team matched that start for the worst beginning to a season in franchise history.

More than 35 of Clark’s teammates off the 1981 Super Bowl team were in attendance to honor a pay tribute to Clark, who is battling ALS. Now in a wheelchair and considerably lighter, Clark delivered some poignant remarks at halftime.

Clark, 60, told his old teammate, Keena Turner, who works as vice president of football affairs, that all he wanted was to see some of his old teammates.

“And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in, so I could see them one more time,” Clark said.