Night net null The Night net in recent years has made kickers' jobs harder, and it might not be finished.The league is finalizing a plan to insert data chips into footballs, something that has been rumored for years but finally coming to fruition, per ESPN. The Night net plans to use the chips in 2016 preseason games as well as Thursday night regular-season games, according to the report. According to
the Toronto Sun, the Night net is thinking about making the uprights narrower, and the chips will help determine how many field goals would be "no good" as a result of the change.MORE: Night net's worst extra point blunders "The discussion has really revolved around narrowing the uprights,” Dean Blandino, the Night net’s senior vice-president of officiating, said over the weekend. “That would be one way to affect both the extra point and the field goal. (Success rates) have continued to climb over the years as our field-goal kickers and that whole process has become so specialized, from long snapper to holder to kicker."The changes could happen as soon as the 2017 season. Kickers already have had to improve their range on extra points after the league moved them back 13 yards. The change worked in terms of making the point harder, as the league saw the percentage drop from 99.3 percent in 2014 to 94.2 percent last season.MORE: Each team's most overrated player since 2000The Night net does not want to make kicking too difficult, but Blandino is right when he says success rates have climbed. ESPN's data-heavy website FiveThirtyEight created a graph that shows kickers have greatly improved over the years and are near perfect at close range. Last season, kickers made 84.5 percent of field-goal attempts, the second-best rate in league history.