The Carolina Panthers are scheduled to leave Charlotte mid-afternoon Sunday and touch down at the San Jose airport around 3:30 p.m. Pacific time. Their equipment and a lot of gear should be waiting for them.
A tractor trailer filled with blocking sleds, travel trunks and other items left Charlotte on Tuesday and was scheduled to arrive in San Jose on Saturday. The Panthers are staying in San Jose and practicing at San Jose State during Super Bowl week.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-50s to the low-60s in the Bay area but equipment manager Jackie Miles said he packed for all kinds of weather, including wet conditions.
“I’ve been told by the 49ers equipment manager that it pretty much rains two out of every three days,” Miles said. “We’re not going to be packed for Minnesota cold with the heavy parkas. But I have the nice baseball jackets packed and some lightweight jackets. So if anything happens we’ll be ready for it.”
Miles said he has seven game jerseys for quarterback Cam Newton and four or five for middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, with several expected to be used for charitable events.
“Those two jerseys are in demand,” Miles said.
The status of the Thieves Ave. sign that was hung above the secondary’s section of the locker room during the playoffs remains a mystery. A couple of defensive backs said they planned to take the sign to San Jose, but safety Kurt Coleman said otherwise.
“That’s just the street. It’s the thieves that will be traveling,” Coleman said. “Sign stays.”