Backseat quarterbackPosted: January 5, 2022
The speaker was telling his wife that he knows she doesn’t like him to be a “backseat quarterback”. This is a congruent conflation of “backseat driver” and “armchair quarterback”, both referring to someone who is eager to give advice without responsibility. A chair has a seat so this might have contributed to the mental hiccup. This also might be a nice description of all those QBs who sit on the sidelines waiting for the starter to leave the game.
A big thanks to Chuck Hatsis who blurted this one out and then passed it on to Malaphor Central. Thanks Chuck!