Morning Links: A new mayor in San Diego

City councilman Kevin Faulconer was elected mayor of San Diego, which means the Chargers now have someone to work with on getting a new stadium built for the team at city hall. The Chargers are hopeful that Faulconer can be a partner with the team in getting a new facility built.

ESPN Giants beat reporter Dan Graziano talks with New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, who says the NFL is not ready for a gay player in the league. Thomas was responding to this week’s news that NFL draft prospect Michael Sam announced that he is gay. Thomas: “I think society is ready for it and America's ready for it, but I don't think the NFL is. As a player, all you want to know is if he can play. That's on the field. But in the locker room, it's different.”

Andrew Brandt writing for Sports Illustrated provides a front-office perspective on the Sam story.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego ranks Antonio Gates No. 7 in his top 22 Chargers for the 2013 season.

Here’s the player schedule for the scouting combine, which begins next week.

Adam Schein of NFL.com says Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the only elite quarterbacks in the NFL in his ranking of quarterbacks in the league.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated writes that one of dominoes that led to Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam firing CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi was former Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt questioning the duo during his interview for the team’s vacant head coaching job. Interesting read.