However Healy, who started every match of this year's tournament, believes with Schmidt at the helm Ireland can dominate their European rivals and challenge those in the southern hemisphere.
Ireland finished fifth with one win in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations with ex-Leinster coach Schmidt becoming head coach the following summer and Healy is excited about what lies ahead under him.
"You wouldn't be playing if you didn't believe you could go forward," Healy told the Irish Post. "It's a strong, focused team and there are a lot of players hanging in there that are ready to go - to start moving forward, really putting Ireland as one of the dominant forces in world rugby.
"Of course we can get stronger. We've had one autumn and one RBS 6 Nations under Joe and as a unit we're still learning.
"A lot of us have been with Joe for a while but to come in as a new unit and still be progressive and still learning new things - he's brought different things from his time at Leinster, he's brought new edges.
"So there's a lot of space for this team to move forward."