"He's a good young player and we're looking after him", Jones told a media conference. 'We've got a good plan in place for him, ' said the head coach. I'm just so disappointed we didn't manage to finish it off at the end.
Owen Farrell was in agreement and the captain did not shy away from taking his share of the blame, having been charged down for Scotland's first try, intercepted for their fifth, the equaliser, and almost cost England with another controversial challenge in the final quarter.
With the focus now exclusively on the World Cup in September, Jones should be greatly concerned by how easily his team surrendered such a big lead.
England's Jack Nowell - selected ahead of Joe Cokanasiga - danced inside from the right past four men to touch down in little over a minute and there was no let up in that early pace.
"He has got so much on his plate as fly-half that when England got into trouble against Wales and Scotland, maybe he tries to do it all and he loses himself", said Grayson.
"I don't need to fast-track him". There's only one track - the right track. When they're blown up to be something they're not, it's hard for them, so that's part of it. We've had close games and not played at our best sometimes.
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'I've never been involved in a game like that as a player or a coach, ' said Townsend. "He's always getting beaten at pool and darts in the team room and but still always got a massive smile on his face!"
Ben Te'o drops to the bench, with Jones opting for a more traditional midfield balance of guile and strength following last week's power-packed duo.
In two other changes Ben Moon comes in for Ellis Genge in the front row while flanker Mark Wilson starts in place of Brad Shields.
The responsibility of being sole captain and chief playmaker is a "massive ask" for Owen Farrell, said former worldwide Paul Grayson after England's rollercoaster 38-38 Six Nations draw with Scotland.
Starting number nine Ben Youngs will become England's most capped scrum-half on Saturday, overtaking Danny Care with his 85th outing.
"The only thing I know is that we have had a great week this week and we are absolutely excited by the prospect of us finishing well".
There was one last twist in the tale of this classic, though, and Ford stormed under the posts from England's final attack to at least partially spare Eddie Jones' blushes, though Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup.