he wasn't a clearly better choice than Rees that year. He's had accuracy issues and notched a 48% completion %. The "anybody but Rees " argument missed the fact that Hendrix struggled and was not clearly the answer.
Past isn't future. He has the tools(so did Crist), but potential doesn't equal a better choice.
I don't think Kelly had any good options in 2011. That hasn't changed.