The Cincinnati Beard, which played its final game at TDECU Stadium in 2016, has been gone for nearly two years, and it is time for a new beginning.
On Sunday, the team announced the news of the resignation of former defensive lineman, Kevin Cope.
The news was announced during a news conference in front of the stadium that featured former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst, Cam Newton, as well as current Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and former Bengals defensive coordinator Dave DeGuglielmo.
The departure of Cope was announced on Tuesday, a day after the team released a statement regarding the former player’s retirement.
It read:”Kevin Cope has made the difficult decision to step away from the team in order to pursue a new career.
This decision is a difficult one for us, and one that we are all sad to leave behind.
Kevin has worked very hard for this organization and we will miss him very much.”
In the statement, the Bengals stated that Cope “has been a member of the Cincinnati Beards football team since it was founded in 2008 and has been a valuable member of our organization.”
The team announced that it has hired a new coach for the upcoming season, with the addition of defensive coordinator Brian Hoyer, who was previously the linebackers coach and offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.