The Colts went a combined 24-8 in Caldwell's first two seasons as head coach and lost to the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV in February 2010. But with four-time Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning out for the entire 2011 campaign season after undergoing neck surgery, the team lost its first 13 games.
Caldwell said he has never entertained the thought of what might have unfolded if Manning had been healthy.
"It doesn't even cross my mind for one second. Not one second," Caldwell said. "I think for the most part, I believe the good Lord has a plan for us, and often times it's not as picturesque as we might like it, it may not unfold exactly the way we had planned, but it unfolded the way in which He wanted it, and I'm satisfied with that."
Caldwell's tenure still resonates with some of his former players.
"Coach Caldwell [had] been around since my rookie year," Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. "When I first came into the door, he's been there. This is the first year I haven't been around him. There is that respect and love for him. That hasn't gone anywhere and he was our head coach and led us to a Super Bowl. There's a great amount of respect for Coach Caldwell."
Despite his head coaching experience, Caldwell's name has not been circulated through the rumor mill in connection with the number of openings in the NFL. Caldwell said he still desires to be a head coach, but he's not wasting time mulling over anything other than Sunday's game against Indianapolis.