Or could it have a more tangible legacy?
"He's really good, a big strong fella, strong, and he played really well.
If that leads to wins even better, but we've got to make sure that progress continues next week".
The damning post-match statistics from the Stade de France revealed 11 turnovers and 16 penalties conceded and for a second successive match the fallen champions have been demolished at the breakdown.
"Yet again, it was the same problem: players going to ground too easily, getting isolated and holding on".
All attentions now turn to whether Ireland can achieve that all-so-elusive Grand Slam at Twickenham.
"Five years ago when I started this job I would have taken one out of the five because they are so tough to win". The French contest hard at the breakdown and the Pro14 sides contest hard at the breakdown, so they get used to playing that sort of game.
". The Irish kept their nerve, worked their way down the field through 40-odd phases and won with the last play of the game". I think they always want to see what's going on and fit in, and get on from there. However, they showed patience, togetherness and accurate implementation of their systems to work their way up the pitch to give Sexton that opportunity - and he duly obliged.
Jacob Stockdale made history by crossing the whitewash twice in the first half against Scotland, becoming only the second player in the history of the tournament to score multiple tries in three consecutive games.
Jones, who guided England to the Grand Slam in 2016 and then was denied another one a year later when the Irish upset them in Dublin, said the principal hurdle to overcome was the dent to the players' confidence.
It was a bit of a weird feeling on Saturday, watching the England game and knowing we had effectively won it, and just by people's reactions... obviously we said "well done" to each other! There's kids like that who need to understand that this doesn't happen very often.
"And the opportunity that now exists is really precious".
"France were not very good yesterday".
Ireland, who also prevented English Grand Slams in 2001 and 2011, are braced for a backlash.
"I always thought we would go through a hard period", Jones said.
"[Ireland captain] Rory Best has said that we have got to dig deeper than ever against England and that's a brilliant attitude", said Ward.
"I think they are going to be really unsafe", said Schmidt, of England.