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Holding calls are up this season, but defensive players' complaints haven't ceased

Originally Published: December 11, 2010
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Carl Johnson, smiling after a brisk walk from NFL headquarters, strides into the suite of a midtown Manhattan hotel and enthusiastically extends his hand.

The league's first-year vice president of officiating is on hand to break down the weighty subject of holding for a television feature. As a line judge for nine seasons, he has heard the incessant complaints from players -- especially on defense.

"They'll be standing in the tunnel before the game and they'll ...

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