Former Jets coach Bryan Cox apologizes for shoving scout

By on February 29, 2016


Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:30 PM

Former Jets assistant Bryan Cox, now with the Atlanta Falcons, got into an altercation Friday during the NFL Scouting Combine.Weissman, Lee, S./Weissman, Lee, S.

Falcons defensive line coach and former Jets linebacker and coach Bryan Cox issued an apology Sunday after getting into an altercation with another team’s scout last week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Cox reportedly shoved an Arizona Cardinals scout on Friday night in a disagreement concerning access to a draft prospect rookie during the interview process.

“I intend to apologize to the young man for the incident,” Cox said in a statement. “It shouldn’t have happened.”

The Falcons reportedly were meeting with a player when their allotted time expired, and Cox became angry and pushed the Cardinals scout, who expected to bring the player to Arizona’s interview room.

The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker played three of his 12 NFL seasons (1998-2000) with the Jets and later served an assistant defensive line coach under Eric Mangini from 2006-08.

Cox, who is entering his third season as a Falcons assistant coach, also got into a sideline altercation with Atlanta defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman in December.

40-40 CLUB

Defensive ends, a potential targeted position for the Giants with the No. 10 overall pick in the April 28 draft, were timed in the 40-yard dash on Sunday at the combine.

Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, projected to go in the top few picks in the draft as the first defensive end taken, ran what he admitted to reporters was a “disappointing” 4.86 seconds. Another projected top-10 pick, Oregon’s Deforest Buckner, clocked in at just 5.05.

Clemson’s Shaq Lawson (4.70) and Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence (4.80) both could be available when the Giants are on the clock. Oklahoma’s Charles Tapper, a projected middle-round selection, ran the fastest time among defensive ends at 4.59 seconds.

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