Posted on: September 21st, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Sports metaphors can be effective descriptors at work – if everyone is on the same page and understands its correct meaning.  Each week we’ll take a look at a familiar sports phrase or metaphor in business, identify its origin, explain its meaning and demonstrate how to use it in business.


Talk Sporty to Me BlogSports phrase: Monday morning Quarterback

This is football phrase that refers to someone – usually a fan – who criticizes the game after the fact. In a game, a quarterback is the player running the offense and in charge of scoring points. It’s a tough job on game day.  A day after, however, it’s much easier to be critical and pass judgement on his decisions.


Business Application: In business the phrase carries the same meaning.  It’s used to describe someone who second-guesses and criticizes decisions with the benefit of hindsight.

  • For example: We do have a few Monday morning quarterbacks in this group who will try to throw a wrench in the discussion.

Important to note, there’s a negative connotation with being a Monday morning quarterback.  If someone uses this phrase to describe you, take inventory of how you’re responding to various situations at work.


*Take these definitions with a grain of salt.  They’re based on years of being a fan and more than a decade in sports broadcasting and Jen’s status as America’s Expert Talker.