GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Chip Kelly-to-Florida train has become very noticeable over the past 48 hours.

While nothing is finalized or guaranteed at this stage of the Gators’ coaching search, it’s an interesting revelation. If Florida were to hire Kelly, it would represent a shift from eyeing an up-and-comer with potential to succeed to targeting a guy who already has proven he has what it takes to run a top football program.

Just look at the Gators’ last two hires for context.

First Will Muschamp, a defensive-minded coach with 13 years of experience but zero as a head coach. He was an up-and-comer after successful stints as defensive coordinator at both Auburn and Texas. He had one successful year on the field at Florida — an 11-2 season in 2012 — and the defense ranked in the top 15 in each of his four seasons in Gainesville. However, a lackluster offense and a 28-21 overall record made it impossible for him to remain as the head man in Gainesville.

After Muschamp came Jim McElwain, who had success in four seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator and then turned around Colorado State during his three seasons as head coach before accepting the Florida job before the 2015 season. While McElwain won 19 games in his first two seasons with the Gators and reached the SEC Championship Game both years, the offense failed to improve. Add in his abrasive demeanor and a downward spiral on the field in 2017, and McElwain lasted just two-and-a-half seasons.

Which brings us back to the Gators’ current coaching search situation, which is in the midst of its third week.

The pros of hiring Chip Kelly

In simplest terms, Kelly has a proven track record for winning and putting up absurd numbers on offense.

He went 46-7 as

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