Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre is pro-Eli Manning.
With the Giants offense struggling, the debate has been split between the offensive line and Manning in most cases. Some say Manning doesn't have time to work with a leaky line, while others claim Manning's skills are diminishing.
Favre believes Manning is a pocket passer that needs to be given more time than his line has this season.
"He's not going to win with his feet," Favre told the Daily News' Pat Leonard. "Every once in a while he may scramble, but he is who he is. And when you can protect him he's really good. And I think his demeanor and his personality and his physical attributes really haven't changed and so I think it is up to the team and the organization to provide him -- and I know that they've tried their best -- to provide him with adequate protection. You gotta figure out a way to protect the guy."
In the line's defense, they were giving Manning clean looks for most of their matchup against the Saints' pass rush in Sunday's loss. However, consistency is key for this unit, and that hasn't been proven through the first four weeks.
Favre, who has been opposite Manning a few times over his career, knows the veteran is battling for his team as well.
"I think a guy like Eli, and I don't know this for certain, but I think guys that are really, really true competitors and have played a long time...have a tendency when things go...bad(ly)...you try to do too much," Favre explained. "And I consider that a good quality. You try to offset maybe what your team lacks with your ability. And, yes, that gets you in trouble and then more criticism falls upon you.
"And I'm not saying Eli is doing that. I think he's battling his butt off."
Manning has thrown for 1,055 yards with a 74.2 completion percentage, four touchdowns and one interception so far this season. He has been very conservative, not taking many shots down field as he needs to get the ball out quickly.
Favre hopes more protection shows up moving forward because that is when the real Manning comes out.
"I think given good protection I think you see an Eli that we have known to be there at the end," he said. "I think that that's still there. I don't see skills diminishing, I see an offensive line struggling to protect him right now. And if they figure that out I think you'll see that the Eli that we've known for so long will be there again."