Mitchell Trubisky’s status as the Bears’ long-term starting quarterback took a big hit with his 2019 campaign.
Instead of taking a sizable leap in his second season in Matt Nagy’s offense, he failed to iron out the inconsistencies in his game and continued to make rookie mistakes. Chicago was expected by many to make a second consecutive playoff appearance, but they finished the season with an 8-8 record, and much of that fell on the struggles of their offense.
Though the Bears’ plan for the offseason has yet to be made apparent, sports bettors appear to believe that Trubisky will remain the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2020 season.
Sports Betting Dime’s Sascha Paruk had this to say about the team’s quarterback conundrum:
“Back in early November, the odds at SBD were +150 that Mitchell Trubisky would be a starting QB in Week 1 of 2020, correlating to just a 40% chance. To the dismay of many Bears fans, those chances are much shorter today - likely in the 80-90% range. GM Ryan Pace said in late December that Trubisky would have the starting role in 2020. While Week 1 is still eight months away and things can change, if Chicago isn’t planning to add a serious challenger to its QB room, then it’s going to take a serious injury to oust Trubisky as the team’s starter.”
A lack of a first-round pick and an unfavorable cap situation makes it unlikely that the Bears will find a long-term replacement at quarterback this offseason, and Trubisky will surely remain on the roster for at least another year. However, there remains a strong chance they bring in some competition in the form of a veteran with starting experience.
With numerous veteran quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater, Andy Dalton and Marcus Mariota likely available this offseason, the Bears will have plenty of players to choose from if they want to provide competition for Trubisky heading into training camp.
Though it remains likely that Trubisky will be the Week 1 starter for the Bears, it could be a smart bet to bet on the field, especially with such strong odds in favor of Chicago’s incumbent starter.
What do think about these odds? Do you think Trubisky’s odds to start in Week 1 are higher than they should be?