For those watching the Bears-Texans game last night, there was a play with less than 2 minutes left in the first half in which Jay Cutler released and was immediately obliterated by a defender. On this play Cutler was flagged for passing beyond the line of scrimmage while the defender was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. While it seemed like a vicious hit, I really hope the defender does not get fined. After all, the fact that Cutler was flagged for passing beyond the line of scrimmage proves that, well, he was BEYOND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. Doesn't that mean that the QB is now a runner and that all applicable "QB protection rules" are out the window (including hits to the head)? Not sure why this was called a penalty. Can anyone clarify?