Joe Bugel, offensive line coach of the Washington Redskins, is one of "four or five" final candidates to coach the Indianapolis Colts.

Bugel met with Colts owner Robert Irsay Monday in Chicago, his second interview with Colts officials. "I left with a good feeling," Bugel said by telephone from Redskin Park. " . . . but whether it means anything or not, I don't know."

Irsay, before leaving Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, said, "We'll be here next Wednesday or Thursday and have our new coach."

Other candidates include defensive coordinators Buddy Ryan and George Seifert of the Bears and 49ers, respectively; Indianapolis offensive line coach Hal Hunter and possibly San Francisco offensive staffer Paul Hackett . . .

The City of St. Louis intends to challenge any attempts to woo away its NFL Cardinals, civic leaders say in the wake of owner William V. Bidwill's letter to league headquarters, at the mid-January deadline, in which he said he is reserving the right to move.

"We had a right to move out of our home territory yesterday, we have it today and we'll have it tomorrow," said Thomas J. Guilfoil, the Cardinals' general counsel. "But we didn't move yesterday, we didn't move today and we haven't said we're going to move tomorrow" . . .

Browns owner Art Modell says he has talked with the Buffalo Bills about a trade to bring Cleveland the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft April 30. But Modell said "there's no way the Browns would even come close to offering the published figure" of the offer by the USFL's New Jersey Generals to Heisman trophy winner Doug Flutie . . .

Bruce Smith of Virginia Tech, winner of the 1984 Outland trophy as top collegiate defensive lineman, has selected former Redskins safety Brig Owens to represent him in contract negotiations. The Baltimore Stars picked him in the USFL draft.