"The way England attack, and Ireland as well, is geared to getting into our half through their kicking game so if you can take their strength and turn it into nearly a weakness it's a huge tipping point in the game".
"We have to be brutal against the French". "I don't know", he said.
"If the game loves us then we might have won against France, but we didn't get the bounce of the ball, we didn't get the 50/50 decisions and we are in the losers' chair and it is not a very happy place". We were poor and gave Scotland the lead.
"We are a rugby team and no rugby team has an aura of invincibility about them".
"After a loss you are always a little bit more emotional - that's the way life is".
The 25-13 result over England was a famous one, but it was more than just an excuse for the junior partner in rugby's oldest rivalry to claim bragging rights over their historical overlords.
Ireland's earlier four-try 28-8 win over Scotland left England needing a bonus-point victory in Paris to keep their title hopes alive. We feel that we're in the hunt, and we understand that we need to win if we want to win the Championship.
Many inside the Aviva Stadium would have been dreaming of the bonus-point win that was craved, but it was the visitors who struck next.
Outside centre Ben Te'o has promised "fireworks" in the penultimate round of the 2018 Championship. Best said it was a costly lesson for the team to learn how to handle unexpected setbacks.
"There's so much still to play for and we know how hard it is going to be against England".
England's task to become Six Nations champions again has become very hard.
Yet all of that will be washed away if they are able to topple Jones's England at the Stade de France, rescuing an otherwise disappointing tournament. 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.
"We understand the task ahead", Laidlaw said. We're expecting a great match. The Scotland No.10 had endured something of a troubled opening two rounds, where his performance was particularly scrutinised during the harrowing defeat to Wales. We improved in that area, but not to the extent we needed to.
Brian O'Driscoll suggested that Scotland could not be taken seriously until they fixed the fault and Laidlaw doesn't argue too vehemently.
Scotland's lack of accuracy with their final pass had already cost them a certain try in the first half, and it would rear its ugly head again in the second.
That decision bore no fruit and Scotland punished their hosts with their first real foray into the Irish half after 12 minutes, when Greig Laidlaw knocked over from the tee for the first points of the match.