I'm 6' tall but I'm all legs and I'm typically wearing Red Wing Heritage boots with the thick traction tread soles that make you feel like a foot taller. (exaggerating obviously)How tall are you? I'm 6' and I definitely ran into an issue when doing my dead pedal where I felt teh reach was too long.
Before that I was just kinda keeping my leg folded a bit and my knee against the door. I still do it out of habit and occasionally forget to use the dead pedal.
I get it, those that like the dead pedal really like the dead pedal. Just like those of us that like a manual transmission really like a manual transmission.
All good, glad we have options.