Undated (AP) _ The New York Giants appear to be leaning toward Dan Reeves, and the New England Patriots seem serious about Bill Parcells. That's where the NFL's coaching merry-go-round ends, though.

The Denver Broncos have narrowed their coaching list to four, and none of the candidates are former Patriots coaches.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen expects to names a successor for the fired Reeves next week. On Tuesday, he interviewed defensive coordinator Wade Phillips for more than four hours, and he already has spoken to defensive coordinators Ray Rhodes of Green Bay and Steve Sidwell of New Orleans.

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan, considered the front-runner for the job, will be the last to interview, sometime this week. Shanahan, 40, is a former Broncos assistant who is given much credit for the development of quarterback John Elway.

''I think we would want to decide on a head coach sometime next week simply because if I've decided that I'm not going to interview any more people, then I ought to make up my mind,'' Bowlen said.

Bowlen called Phillips a ''very, very strong candidate for this job,'' and Phillips said he, too, was enthusiastic about the interview.

''I don't know how it could have been any better,'' he said. ''I didn't tell him what I thought he wanted to hear. I told him what I thought. Mr. Bowlen said he was going to give me a fair opportunity.''

Thie Giants' job of finding a replacement for Ray Handley became more difficult when the Chicago Bears hired Dallas defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt on Tuesday. Wannstedt was said to be at the top of the Giants list, which also included Boston College coach Tom Coughlin until he turned them down.

Giants general manager George Young met for about four hours with Reeves on Tuesday in Denver. Not only is Reeves willing to take over, he actually sought the New York job.

While he was reluctant to comment openly about it, however, Reeves said, ''I wouldn't have talked to him if I wasn't interested.''

A lot of Giants fans wish he wasn't. They want their old coach, Bill Parcells, back, but that honor may fall to the Patriots.

At different times, Parcells and Buddy Ryan, the former Eagles coach, have been tabbed as New England's top choice. Now, it's apparently Parcells as the Pats search for a high-profile coach to replace the fired Dick MacPherson.

Patriots officials reportedly met with former Bears coach Mike Ditka last Thursday, Ryan the next day and Parcells and Green Bay defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes last weekend. There was no indication the Patriots planned to talk with anyone else.