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Bengals Legend Tim Krumrie Loves Geno Atkins

Legend Tim Krumrie, perhaps the greatest defensive tackle in franchise history, loves what he's seen out of Geno Atkins, who is well on his way to becoming the greatest tackle in franchise history.

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Earlier on Thursday we wrote that Tim Krumrie applies a level of badassery that movies are written about with the preceding words, "based on a true story." Krumrie himself sees badassery. But not so much in himself, who after several seasons as a defensive line coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City, thought he found work in the UFL with the Hartford Colonials, but the organization folded in 2011.

Instead he sees it in current defensive tackle Geno Atkins.

"Outstanding, outstanding player. I love his motor," Krumrie said. "I love his power. I've watched quite a few games. He's enjoyable to watch. I like him a lot. He's got leverage. He hits the quarterback when he's supposed to get to the quarterback. For a young interior lineman his production has really been terrific. He's doing a heck of a job."

It's interesting.

There's a nostalgic feeling. Krumrie reflects on Atkins this week. Last week it was Anthony Munoz reflecting on Andrew Whitworth's career, who made his first Pro Bowl in 2012.

It almost feels like the actual passing of the torch has finally had the opportunity to happen.