Does Gruden have his eyes on 49ers?

49ers coach Mike Singletary knows he's under fire for the team's 4-8 record. But he says he doesn't pay attention to what's written, even as reports surface of Jon Gruden's supposed interest in San Francisco.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Mike Singletary hears the rumors about his future and knows it's possible that this season could be his last as the San Francisco 49ers head coach.

But he doesn't pay attention, he said Monday. He doesn't read the stories, either in the newspaper or on the Internet.

Asked about reports that former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden might be poised to take over the 49ers, Singletary insisted he doesn't pay much attention.

"You have to understand that, for me, I know that that's part of the job," he said. "I think one of the saddest things about our society today, anybody can say anything and write anything and have no responsibility. For me, everything I say I'm responsible for. So any kind of reports or whatever that come out, and I know that there are many, I really don't read them. If it's true, it's true. But until I know it's true, my eyes are on Seattle."

Singletary's remarks came after he was asked about a quote by Gruden's son Deuce, who appeared on the Sporting Rave podcast and spoke about his father's future.

"He was going to let me finish high school," Deuce Gruden said. "They were talking about going to San Francisco, but that'll probably be in the next two years ... or maybe Cleveland." Deuce Gruden is due to graduate from high school in Tampa in 2012.

Of course, any coaching change the 49ers make would undoubtedly come at the end of this season if they don't advance to the playoffs. So if Jon Gruden does have his eyes on San Francisco, he'll need to readjust his timetable.

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