Chiefs debut of new state-of-the-art helmet in preseason opener - KCTV5

Chiefs debut of new state-of-the-art helmet in preseason opener against 49ers

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) puts on his helmet during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) puts on his helmet during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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As the Chiefs open their preseason Friday night against the 49ers, it will also be the debut of a new state of the art helmet.

“This is the new latest and greatest technology," Kansas City Chiefs director of equipment Allen Wright said.

The VICIS helmet is different than anything we have ever seen. It’s completely opposite of older technology.

“The exciting part about this helmet versus other helmets, it’s the first helmet that isn’t your normal hard plastic shell. It’s part of a pliable soft plastic which absorbs the blows. If you take this helmet and drop it, it will bounce. And just think if your head was in there versus this ... it’s more of a solid jolt. We are excited to see how much a difference that makes," Wright said.

Inside the helmet are columns, or filaments, which buckle upon impact.

After extensive testing around the National Football League, on a lot of different helmets, VICIS was rated No. 1 by a lot. That’s why veterans like Alex Smith, Chris Conley and center Mitch Morse will wear them throughout the season and preseason.

“The Chiefs organization allows us to go out and to be aggressive when it comes to player safety and finding the best products available," Wright said. "We want to be at the forefront of technology and keeping our players safe.”

It’s also the first helmet to have the coach to quarterback system built in.

"So this piece comes out and the coach to QB system can slide into it," Wright said.

And VICIS is forcing other helmet manufacturers to rethink helmet technology.

The Chiefs training staff and doctors will monitor the progress and how well the helmets work throughout the season. And this is also technology that can trickle down to the younger athletes and younger generations as well.

And although they have been wearing them during training camp, this will be the first true test in competition.

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