Do we like this hire? My OL Coach knowledge is lacking.
This is a really good hire. Miller coached at Wisconsin and Bielema promoted him to o-line coach during his last season. He went to New Mexico St. when Bielema left Wisky, and then was hired by Partridge (another UW assistant) at Florida Atlantic.
Miller is a good hire for the o-line, excited about this. With improved coaching, the additions of Wright and Calhoun at Guard, and the emergence of Connelly at LT (rumor is he's a beast and will be starting game 1), the line should be better than what we saw this year.
jAs was noted before. When he was hired, Markuson decided to change the OL technique from a pulling/attacking premise, to more of a read and react premise. There was immediate blow back from the OL, to the point there were some ready to either quit or fight Markuson. After he Markuson was fired, Miller basically went back to the prior technique that was being taught by Bob Bostad(Titans OL coach, former UW coach). He had a several older, to be NFL players on that line, so it was an easy transition back.
With all that said, if he is able to instill the same techniques that he was taught and has been teaching, you will be seeing a better OL in the future for your Gophers.