Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been awful this season. Vegas has taken note.
The field — meaning anyone but Trubisky — is now the favorite to be the Bears’ Week 1 starter for the 2020 season, with odds at +150, meaning a $100 bet would net $150, according to Sports Betting Dime. Trubisky is still the individual favorite at +180, meaning a $100 bet would net $180.
The former No. 2 overall pick is coming off of his worst start of an already bad season. Still, Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters that Trubisky will continue to start and that it “never crossed my mind” to replace Trubisky with backup Chase Daniel during the Bears’ 36-25 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Bears running back Tarik Cohen also defended Trubisky after Sunday’s loss.
“That’s my quarterback,” he said. “I’m always going to be 10 toes behind him. Nothing that you see on the field is 100 percent his fault.”
Even so, it’s clear that fans, and Vegas, are slowly losing their faith.
The quarterback with the second-highest individual odds to start in a Bears uniform next season is the Jaguars’ Nick Foles, with odds at +800.
For reference, Foles has +350 odds of starting next season with his current team. The former Super Bowl MVP is currently nursing a fractured collarbone that has kept him out since the first game of the season.
Rookie Gardner Minshew II has started admirably in his place. But the notion that the Jaguars would take a 10-figure cap hit by releasing Foles and handing the keys to an unheralded rookie seems unlikely. After the 2020 season, Foles’ contract is only partially guaranteed, making a release then much more palatable.
Other quarterbacks to receive odds are: Chase Daniel (+2500), Cam Newton (+3000), Nick Mullens (+4000) and Eli Manning (+7500).