However, at a time when Ireland have been heavily damaged by injury, Kidney believes that the Leinster man will learn from his experience.
"When things aren't going as well as you want them to, you push the comments that are out there to one side and get on with your job," Kidney said.
"Jamie has done that and done it very well. There's a bit of adversity around the place and it's the measure of a man as to how he deals with that.
"Jamie's making strong decisions for us and all we need to do is execute on those decisions."
Ireland face France at the weekend.