I am not sure whether he added that England were on a journey, but that must have been nearby, just in case. Then - boom! - Murrayfield happened.
The Irish are on 19 points and England and France on 10 going into the final round of matches.
Ireland will be crowned NatWest 6 Nations champions at Twickenham next Saturday no matter the result, after Joe Schmidt's men swept Scotland aside 28-8 to extend their lead at the top of the table and second-placed England failed to win in Paris.
Jones cut an unusually restrained figure in the Stade de France post-match discourse, as a jarringly inapt, chilled-out remix of Bob Marley's "Sun is Shining" played in the background.
Should England manage that feat, which given Ireland's struggles in Paris, if far from a guarantee, a huge amount would still have to go their way next weekend in Twickenham.
"We didn't help ourselves in terms of the way we carried the ball". Our players are used to playing a certain way and we're finding it hard to change their habits.
"Every team is fallible and every team has a weakness and certain strengths and, at the moment, teams are outplaying us in certain areas of the game and we have to learn from it". We've lost two games of rugby.
A second-half penalty try, awarded when Anthony Watson was penalised for a high tackle on Benjamin Fall and yellow-carded, gave France the edge after a dire first 40 had ended with the score level at 9-9.
A tally of 13 penalties prior to the interval summed up a largely turgid opening period, as Machenaud cancelled out two three-pointers from Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly's long-distance effort. England have also called up Exeter's Henry Slade for the first time in this year's competition after recovering from a shoulder injury.
If you go through the replay footage of the game you can see how many times England get this wrong, how many times players are too late to identify the role they should be playing in or around the breakdown; how many times individual players are left to try to do nearly impossible clearing jobs in isolation.
"I know there's a lot of hype around it, and there will be more, there'll be a lot o distraction that you'll have to deal with and put to the side, and we're good at focusing on what we need to do, and what we need to get better at from last week".
And therein lies the rub. "I can't blame the Premiership", Jones said. But is the domestic league on the wrong track? For Italy this was a 16th successive Six Nations loss.
"I told them that if we won it would open up new and positive things". Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Ellis Genge and others will make a difference when they return. Do you fix the root problem or drop Ford? Manu Tuilagi, Denny Solomona, Gabriel Ibitoye and Nathan Earle are names to conjure with - but probably not before a very good Irish team hove into view.