BOSTON (CBS) – 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich had on Rosevelt Colvin Friday morning to talk some Patriots.

The gauntlet” is over now, and only three games remain on the 2014 NFL schedule. The Patriots host Miami on Sunday, travel to New York to face the Jets and close out the season at home against Buffalo.

The Dolphins upset New England in Week 1, shutting out the Patriots offense in the second half and closing the game with 23 unanswered points. The two teams are markedly different and the contest should be different this time around, but the Phins come to Foxboro brimming with confidence, as they should.

“I would definitely say the Dolphins game is going to be a challenge, just because they already have the confidence of playing the Patriots and beating them earlier in the season, and at the end of the day they’re a team on the verge and trying to make the playoffs,” Colvin said of the 7-6 Miami team.

Rex Ryan’s Jets are nowhere close to sniffing the playoffs, and with another loss the Bills will likely find themselves on the outside looking in.

Despite their records, Colvin expects hard-fought Patriots games to close out the season.

“All three teams are going to present a challenge, because it’s the Patriots — it’s almost like the Florida State syndrome. Everyone wants to knock them because they’re not blowing people out every game. Well, when you’re the defending national champions, every team that you play against is going to play you to the best of their ability, and put everything on the line that specific day,” Colvin explained.

“The Patriots can’t go into any game [taking the opponent lightly]. New England is going to get everybody’s best effort, especially coming down towards the end of the season. The Patriots have to play 60 minutes every weekend.”

We know Tom Brady wants to play football forever, and while that’s impossible, there’s a new article in Sports Illustrated (worth the read) that details how the quarterback is using unique fitness regimens, dieting, sleep techniques and more to extend his career.

Colvin, whose career ended after the 2008 season, wishes he got to play under the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement.

“A lot of guys in my era, if they played under this new CBA, they’d be able to play so much longer, because you’ve got to calculate how many times we went to two-a-day, full-padded practices [in training camp], versus nowadays they don’t even have that throughout the course of the year. When it comes to the quarterback position and how they’re protecting quarterbacks, as long as guys like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are upright it’s a great opportunity for them to continue to play.”

Knowing Brady and how the league is nowadays, Rosevelt Colvin wouldn’t be surprised to see TB12 play well into his 40’s. Which team he plays for though, however, is not as determined or clear.

“It’s really a matter of [Brady’s] arm strength, what his cap number is going to be and what Bill’s [Belichick] thought process is going to be for him versus Richard Seymour, Willie McGinest, me, or [Mike] Vrabel or Troy Brown — at some point Bill gets to a point where he needs to move on. Realistically, is it different for Tom? I think everybody knows it is, but at what point does that marriage get to the point where it’s had enough? I know Tom as a competitor, and when he says 10 more years [I believe him].

“Tom is in the hunt to be the best ever, and I think Bill will oblige to that to a certain extent. They’re on a mission to be the greatest quarterback-coach tandem ever to play the game. Both of them I think want to be individually recognized as the greatest to play the game, and in my opinion they are. But one or two more Super Bowls would really solidify that.”

Listen below for the full interview:

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