Former Ireland worldwide Stephen Ferris thinks teams have adapted to Ireland's tactical approach and says the body language isn't positive from the men in green.
But amidst talk that his side's performance in this year's Guinness Six Nations could constitute a disappointment back home, Schmidt defended his troops and told supporters to trust in his process.
Wales quest for a Six Nations Grand Slam has one final hurdle with Ireland travelling to the Principality Stadium this Saturday. Belief is something you have to earn, and we are doing that.
"It was a fantastic performance".
"As a collective they have been off the mark, but individually they have too".
"For us, I think, the last time it was closed, we arrived there and there was a lot said about making it good for spectators", he said.
Former Ireland global Stephen Ferris has said that the Irish players don't look like they're enjoying their rugby after their 25-7 defeat to Wales on Saturday.
Nothing went right for disjointed Ireland as they relinquished their title with a whimper, Gatland - who will end his long reign after the World Cup - becoming the first coach to mastermind three Grand Slams in the tournament.
"We got here with a bit of luck we have a good chance of beating anyone".
"He has really matured as a player", said Gatland.
"He is a fantastic person and a great player".
"Rory Best, Johnny Sexton, Peter O'Mahony, they all come out and say they expect standards of each other, what the coaching set-up expects and they have been so far off those standards this Six Nations", he said.
"Look, it is a very competitive Six Nations", said the 36-year-old grizzled hooker.
"Those two guys are not the reason we lost and those two guys we'll continue to invest in", Schmidt declared. He's stepping down after the Rugby World Cup later this year, when he hopes to collect the biggest trophy yet.
"It is disappointing but we will talk about the aftermath afterwards, we should focus more on Wales and a deserved Grand Slam".