Kurz has replaced Markus Babbel, who was dismissed before Christmas with the club ending 2012 in a relegation play-off berth - a far cry from the European ambitions the club started the season with.
Kurz built his reputation on keeping Kaiserslautern in the top flight three years ago and a repeat of that achievement is what Hoffenheim are hoping for, which is why a win over Gladbach would put them in the right frame of mind coming into 2013.
"None of the players can be pleased with the way they played in the first half of the season," he said in the Bild newspaper.
"Everybody has got to take more responsibility. We conceded 41 goals, which are just too many.
"Everybody has a duty to play better."
Kurz has made his first decisions since arriving by scrapping Tim Wiese of the captaincy in favour of Andreas Beck and Sejad Salihovic, with the former wearing the armband, but Wiese has been chosen over Koen Casteels as Kurz's number one goalkeeper.
"Tim has been very engaged and professional in training, as have the other goalkeepers, but with his class and experience, he will be a great foundation for our team in the second half of the season," said Kurz.
There has never been any doubting Marc Andre ter Stegen's status as Gladbach's number one.
Indeed, apart from a knock to the knee of Patrick Herrmann, Gladbach coach Lucien Favre is able to name an unchanged side to the one which was beginning to find form before the winter break.
"It's not going to be easy for us, but of course we want to make a successful start to the second half of the season," said Favre.