I received an epiphany recently in a dream conversation with Coach Sloan. I almost feel embarrassed it's taken this long to make sense of what Corbin has been doing, but us geniuses can't be expected to figure everything out overnight.
Last year in the playoffs the Jazz got crushed by the Spurs transition offense but guarded them fairly well in comparison when they could get back and force 1/2 court play. I'm seeing the same thing this season as well. Jazz are getting crushed by teams with good running ability (Coach Karl's Denver team) but have been doing fairly well against those with structured half court play (Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas, and Boston). This is easily attributable to a physical talent gap that, to me, is highly visible with this year's Jazz team and even more so with last season's.
82games.com agrees. Jazz have their highest eFG% in the 0-10 second range at .518, but are giving up .521 in the same. In the 11-15 second range (Jeffyball), Jazz post a .461% while allowing just .432. After that, the Jazz get crushed in "the scramble range" of 16-20 seconds by allowing .510%. Breakdown and dish, or even better, what Pop0vich excels at is teaching offenses to take what the defense gives you.
Going back to the Spurs series, TyCo pigeonholed the Jazz offense into Black Hole Ball while often putting the other 4 guys motionless on the perimeter. This is a great way to stop the assassination the Spurs put on the Jazz as all 4 players can get back easily while Jefferson is receiving so much extra attention. Then the hope was for Jefferson to somehow score at a better clip than the Spurs set offense. That's longshot strategy, but everyone here knows the Jazz weren't going to win anything against the Spurs. At least Corbin gave them a plan capable of winning a game or two and not getting completely blown out by halftime every game.
This year, Corbin is trying to run more and score easy baskets while limiting the opposition from doing the same. It's not working so well on the defensive side because the Jazz lack defenders, and they can't keep up on the offensive end when Favors is given extra scoring leash. It's often ugly, unentertaining ball to watch but is that really so much worse than getting run off the court game after game by trying to force an offense your players are not capable of running?
Favors developing into a more efficient offensive force would go a long way to helping this type of system win. Carroll shooting 38+% consistently from three would be huge as well. The rest of the team needs to get out of this shooting funk, especially Mr. Haywierd.
There you go. You've been told, now consume.