armchair [ärm′cher΄]
a chair with supports at the sides for one's arms or elbows
not based on or working from firsthand experience, direct investigation, etc. [armchair strategy, an armchair detective]
armchair quarterback or armchair general
a person who is not a quarterback (or general, etc.), but offers opinions and criticism on the performance or decisions of those who are

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