1:00 PM ET, December 22, 2002
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Booed off their own field a year ago, the Carolina Panthers made winning back their fans a top priority in their slow rebuilding process.
It depends on who's on the board when the Bears draft. Good personnel people tell me that they draft the best player available, not solely by position. The Bears do need to address their QB situation, whether via a trade, the draft or free agency. It's tough to tell now which is the best route, but that will become clearer in the offseason.
Question on the Panthers: Is Lamar Smith the answer or will they be in the market at running back?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Carolina fans were calling for Walls to get the ball late in the game. Walls, who could be a salary-cap casualty this winter, had one catch for 9 yards. ... The Bears had 55 yards rushing. ... Wallace, the replacement for suspended defensive end Julius Peppers, had two sacks. ... Chicago punter Brad Maynard bested Pro Bowl-bound Todd Sauerbrun by averaging 44.5 yards a kick compared to Sauerbrun's 40.3. ... Carolina linebacker Mark Fields recovered two fumbles. ... Chris Weinke, the Panthers' starter last season, slipped to third quarterback on the roster.