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Brett Favre Has Brutally Honest Reaction To Eli Manning's Benching

A solo shot of Brett Favre during a Green Bay Packers game.

Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers during the first round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on January 9, 2004. The Vikings beat the Packers 31-17 to advance to the second round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Brett Favre knows a thing or two about watching his NFL franchise draft his successor. The former Green Bay Packers star has weighed in on Eli Manning's benching in New York.

Manning, who led the Giants to two Super Bowls, was benched last week in favor of first-round pick Daniel Jones.

Jones played well in his first start, leading New York to a comeback win over Tampa Bay.

Favre said this week that there had to be a part of Manning that wished Jones hadn't played so well. It's human nature.

“You and I and anyone else can only speculate what Eli was thinking," Favre said Sirius XM NFL Radio, “but you have to think that deep down inside a part of him, not wanted to see Daniel Jones fail but not play at the level he did.”

Manning was visibly supportive of Jones and appeared to be happy following the game, but no one would blame him if he was a little disappointed. The two-time Super Bowl champion wants to play, after all, and Jones played so well that it's not a conversation anymore.

“Not that Eli has to prove anything to anyone,” Favre said. "The short-term it really makes you look bad. And all the things that have been leading to the team’s losses falls back on you — and you know that’s not the case. It’s hard to say, ‘Heck, I guess it’s me. I guess the reason we are losing these games is because of me.’ You have to believe that at some point that crosses his mind.”

Favre added that Manning had to see this coming, though.

“I think he has seen the writing on the wall before this last game. If anything it has solidified what we thought was coming anyway,” Favre said. "The Eli Era, at least with the Giants, is over.

"But Daniel Jones did exactly what he needed to do. He did exactly what they had hoped he would do given that opportunity. … The kid played great and did a heck of a job in a lot of different ways. Really, from a debut standpoint, it couldn’t have gone any better.”

Jones and the Giants will be back in action on Sunday, hosting the Washington Redskins.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. E.T. on FOX.