As with all major sporting leagues, The Bachelorette’s 16th season was uncertain at the start of the pandemic. Concerted efforts are being made to create a simulated environment that mimics normalcy for fans. Time will show, however, Covid-19 will be among the most manageable of concerns for the franchise.
While infection rates remain low, a key component of social distancing has been the La Quinta hotel franchise. As a new corporate partner, little assurance can be given to fans that the rigorous standards of mansion pool chlorine levels and alcohol-based solutions will be met.
While The Bachelorette has famously steady players in key roles (unlike it’s brother franchise The Bachelor), major personnel changes are expected in the QB spot.
Clare Crawely went dutifully though the press junket in the pre-season as the starter, but is rumored to play limited downs all told. Crawley is best known for her goal-line stand in season eighteen of The Bachelor, utterly shutting down an offense that, while explosive at times, struggled with clock-management and protection.
Crawely gained a sizable following despite several seasons on a variety of practice squads. Her self-possession has been an attractive quality as a veteran player. It is exactly this sense of self that leads to her mid-game retirement.
From the Bench
Her worthy replacement? Tayshia Adams, who is expected to cause light changes to skill positions as her overall style varies from Crawely. Highly mobile, Adams necessitates younger, more athletic targets, be they tight ends or secondary.
While she has not previously held the starting QB moniker, she’s a veteran of the game. Having seen defeat in the big show herself, we can expect sportsmanship and endurance from this go-getter. Her character was shown to be such when she became responsible for cutting favored receiver, John Paul Jones, from her practice squad. Fans liked the partnership. However, after a few weeks of camp, it became clear that she worked at an over-all pace that he was unequal to.
We’re looking forward to the season not only because Adams is a likable, talented competitor. But also because the change brings only the second Black QB to the starting roster for The Bachelorette. Opportunities for talents like Adams (and historic predecessor Rachel Lindsay) are long overdue. We’re hopeful that the league takes the opportunity to change course and elevate deserving players that tradition may overlook.
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