Similar to their problems against Scotland during the previous round of fixtures, England were outgunned at the breakdown as Les Bleus prevailed 22-16 in Paris, a result which ensured Ireland sealed their first Six Nations title since 2015.
England's Owen Farrell (2) and Elliot Daly responded with their own penalties before Jonny May crossed for a try Farrell converted to set up a frantic finish to what had been a dour, defence-driven and often mistake-riddled encounter at the Stade de France.
James Haskell, who as a third-quarter replacement provided the type of power that had been missing, cites a difference in emphasis between club and global rugby as the source of the problem. We've got our problems that we've got to sort out at global level. I think if you said at the start of the season that you're going to win a Championship without Josh, Sean (O'Brien), Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock, Robbie Henshaw, and then to lose Chris Farrell as well, and there's others in that list as well. Our players are used to playing a certain way and we're finding it hard to change their habits.
Conor Murray has warned his teammates - what's gone before won't be good enough to win the Grand Slam. Against Ireland (lost 15-13 in the last minute), we were there, we lacked just a little bit at the end.More news: Philips Hue outdoor range adds mood lighting to your garden
"It's a sizeable but fixable problem".
Joe Schmidt's men have claimed the Championship Trophy with a game to spare after England lost to France on Saturday evening.
"We're not in any cycle".
These are all very valid points and it remains to be seen whether Jones is able to address them in time for the visit of Ireland to Twickenham on St Patrick's Day. And in that position and several others, you look for English candidates - within the Premiership, of course, as anyone such as Steffon Armitage overseas is banned - and find them crashed out on treatment tables. We improved in that area, but not to the extent we needed to.More news: Beyoncé and JAY-Z Officially Announce "OTR II Tour"
"We're going to have to save the best for last, and that's what it's going to take to win everything next week", Ireland captain Rory Best said. We're finding out all the issues that we need to fix before the World Cup. "We defended well and we always went forward".
Schmidt has proven time and again how he can devise formidable game plans and wins more matches than he loses (39-14 win record). There's no such thing as a cuddle or a b*****king.
Should England do all of this, they would still need to turn around a points difference of 44 points over the course of their two games.
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.More news: USA and European arms sales to Middle East soar amid widespread conflict