49ers coach talks about Vernon Davis trade, benching of Colin Kaepernick

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- The San Francisco 49ers will have some new faces in important positions when they play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Vernon Davis was traded and Colin Kaepernick was benched. Head Coach Jim Tomsula discussed the changes at a news conference Wednesday.

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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