The 49ers will not look the same this Sunday. Two of the biggest names on the team were given some harsh news this week. Ddavis was traded to the Denver Broncos on Monday and Kaepernick was benched heading into Sunday's game.
What benching Colin Kaepernick means for the 49ers
It might not be the end of his NFL career, but analysts say this move is likely the end of Kaepernick's time in the Bay Area.
"I don't think he is broken completely, I think this is reparable," said Trent Dilfer. "Right now he had to be benched because Jim Tomsula can't stand up in front of the team and say he is going to evaluate every player and ignore how poorly the quarterback has played for the majority of this year."
Just because the quarterback of the NFL's lowest scoring offense will now hold a clipboard, don't expect things to get better with Blaine Gabbert.
ESPN's latest football power index shows the new guy will be worse.
The prediction system for the NFL projects the offense led by Gabbert will score five less points a game and cost the 49ers one more win on the season. They now have a 30 percent chance of having the worst record in the NFL.
And as the faces change on the field, the face and name of Vernon Davis remains in the community. He's the owner and frequent customer at his Jamba Juice just a mile and a half away from Levi's Stadium.
Customers and workers told ABC7 News they were sad he was traded, but the fans would keep it a Niners store.
"It's disappointing of course, and I wish he'd stay," said Santa Clara resident Dr. Jack Trieber.
If you're interested in going to Levi's Stadium this Sunday for the 49ers-Falcons game, there is some good news -- tickets are cheap. ABC7 News found several priced under $50.
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3 surgeries yesterday for #49ers including Reggie Bush according to Jim Tomsula.— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) November 4, 2015
"We said goodbye to a good Niner. We wish him the best. Vernon Davis." Jim Tomsula— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) November 4, 2015
Jim Tomsula on long term view on QB position. "It's this week. Going into Atlanta #BlaineGabbert will be my quarterback."— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) November 4, 2015
Jim Tomsula on what he wants for #ColinKaepernick. "Just step back. Take a look at things. That's what I want."— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) November 4, 2015
Jim Tomsula on 2-6 season. "One guy doesn't own it. We all own it."— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) November 4, 2015
Jim Tomsula- "Colin will be a tremendous teammate."— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) November 4, 2015
Benching Colin Kaepernick is a stunning move and fall from grace. A QB good enough to get 49ers to SB being now discarded for Blaine Gabbert— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2015
Career Worsts for Colin Kaepernick Completion percentage (59.3%) TD-Int Ratio (1.2) Yards per attempt (6.7) Total QBR (47.6)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 3, 2015