We got better talent in part of Morris and selling his vision.
Napier is a good coach but sometimes you need to find different paths to become successful and grow. He was a young coach (very young). I am not sure if we kept him (could not really after 2010). Likely would have done more reputation damage to everyone involved. 2011 would not have happened (ie taking VT to the wood shed).
I think people forget that if Kyle Parker doesn't break his ribs against Auburn, that season is totally different. The week after we lost to Auburn, we set a record for dropped passes in a game and Parker struggled with his accuracy.
Ellington missed 4 games that year, and he was clearly our best weapon. He averaged 6 yards per carry and had 11 TDs.
Our WRs were just terrible in 2010. Nuk arrived later in the season as most true freshmen do. We probably beat Auburn and Miami if he arrived ready like Sammy did. But just listen to these names...
That was easily the worst WR core in Dabo's tenure. I mean, I would have taken Beaux, Dacari, and Will Swinney over any combination of three that 2010 could have put on the field together. Marquan Jones and Bryce McNeal went from actual contributors in 2010 to guys that never touched the field in 2011.
You said that we keep the talent, which means we still bring in Sammy, Martavis, Charone, and Humphries. That would have been a massive upgrade. Just spot the difference.
2011: Nuk, Sammy, Jaron, Martavis, Charone, Humprhies, McNeal, Jones
We returned our top 2 TEs with Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford.
We would have been better. Do we go 10-4 and win the ACC? Probably not.
made him look alot better but i'm not sure we get Sammy Watkins or alot of those dudes from Florida without Morris. Morris was not the greatest but at the time he was the hot commodity. Easy to sell to kids looking to make a name on a high flying offense.