Pagano shaping a different kind of team

Paul Kuharsky writes today that this new era might also be a bit more fun for veterans:

Veteran safety Antoine Bethea characterized things as looser — which I take as a telling word. Manning and Bill Polian weren’t especially big on looseness. It was a disciplined, serious atmosphere, and that was typically effective for the franchise. Last year as things crumbled with Manning sidelined, the tension level was too high and it was a factor in Jim Irsay’s decision to part ways with Polian. 

Things are working somewhat differently now. 

“It’s very lively around here, eveybody’s joking,” Bethea said. “We’ve got a job to get done, and (Pagano’s) making sure we know that. But at the same time we can have fun with it. …We’re just having a real good time learning the concepts.