Again... two completely different offenses? Bratkowski's offense really wasn't that far off from a Coryell-based scheme, and to be honest, the whole "continuity" shtick has run its course. The coach changes the system changes, that's the way its supposed to go. You don't limit your coaching candidate pool just to people who run schemes identical to what you do or have run before - that's exactly how you end up with schmucks like Norv, Fat Teddy, and Manusky. Rivers and our receivers and our RB's and our TE are capable of functioning in a West Coast Offense, which is the only different varietal offense Zimmer's seen run during his tenure in Cincy. Meanwhile, Zimmer's run both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes in the past and has ties to several proven DC's who could be brought in to pair with him (notably Mike Nolan who actually would inject some aggression into this defense and is a quality coordinator). I agree he's worth the risk, I'm just not sure as I see as much "risk" in a 1st-timer versus a re-tread that you do. Especially when this is a team in dire need of a identity/paradigm shift and those tend to come far more with the first-time guys (for better or worse) than with the re-treads.