I'm still all in on Kapler. He's a smart guy with an impeccable pedigree (Dodgers/Friedman/Maddon as well as Red Sox/Theo/Tito). I know there's no such thing as a collective fan base (or even a collective board opinion) but we've been crying for this franchise to get out of the dark ages forever, and were frustrated by its refusal to aggressively rebuild, and now we're experiencing both things and at the first sign of trouble the reflex is to assume that the weird and unfamiliar things are the reason for the trouble, and if the manager was more conventional things would be good. But we don't really know that. That conventional manager might not have won all those games in the first half either.
And the same goes for Klentak really. He wasn't hired off the street or even as some kind of inexperienced wunderkind (not that those guys haven't also succeeded). Doesn't mean he's not making mistakes (the biggest of which seems to be sticking with the top people he inherited).
I certainly hope we're not even talking about this next season. Obviously if we are, then Kapler will be on the clock, and Klentak will be in 2020.
People want to compare him to Chip Kelly but I think the Flyers are a better comparison. Firing the coach every two years never got them anywhere. And the path from hiring Hextall and overcoming flawed ownership involvement has been very slow.