The Bombers started 7-1, but I can see your point. I still find it funny how the Lions started 0-5 and the Eskimos started 5-0 yet the Lions finished in first. It was truly a remarkable season.
And no doubt about winning the Grey Cup with an elite QB. Off the top of my head, the last dozen Grey Cup winners featured these starting quarterbacks:
2011: Travis Lulay (MOP)
2010: Anthony Calvillo (former MOP)
2009: Anthony Calvillo (MOP)
2008: Henry Burris (future MOP)
2007: Kerry Joseph (MOP)
2006: Dave Dickenson (former MOP)
2005: Ricky Ray
2004: Damon Allen (future MOP)
2003: Ricky Ray
2002: Anthony Calvillo (future MOP)
2001: Marcus Crandell
2000: Damon Allen (future MOP)
The only one that stands out to me is Marcus Crandell on that list. No offense to the guy, but he wasn’t exactly elite in any other year but maybe that one (and even then his team was 8-10). You gotta hope that Lulay sticks around, because we need these elite QBs to win these games!